Dr. Jeffrey Tocci earned his DDS from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Through his practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci delivers a high standard of care to his patients, including individuals with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
The TMJ is important because it links the jawbone and the skull, and sometimes, people experience pain in the TMJ and surrounding muscles. The causes of such pain depend on the person but often center on teeth grinding and clenching. Beyond pain, TMJ patients may experience a locking of the jaw joint, which can limit range of motion when using the mouth to chew or speak.
When caring for people with TMJ problems, dentists draw from a variety of methods. For pain, they may suggest over-the-counter drugs. If the pain is severe, dentists may prescribe prescription pain killers, sedatives, or muscle relaxants.
Beyond medication, dentists can suggest patients begin using bite guards, which are effective for TMJ disorders. In stubborn cases, joint replacement surgery is an option.