Dr. Jeffrey Tocci is the owner and dentist at Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Alongside several other specialties, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci helps many patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and he completed a residency on the topic at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
TMJ disorders are quite common, with some estimates suggesting that there are over 10 million American sufferers, more of them tending to be women than men. The temporomandibular joints are the most complex in the body, comprising many nerves and muscles that allow for coordinated movement in three dimensions. There’s no clear or consistent cause for TMJ disorders, but arthritis, jaw injuries, and chronic stress or pain disorders may be major contributors.
Often TMJ disorders are associated with imbalanced chewing due to misaligned jaw joints. While surgery can work in some cases, relieving tense muscles and improving blood flow through ultrasound therapy, microcurrent therapy, cold laser therapy, or trigger point therapy can often correct the misalignments and relieve pain without the need for any invasive procedures.