Dental Implants – Lifelong Tooth Replacement

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Jeffrey Tocci helps patients maintain healthy smiles at Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Jeffrey Tocci offers an array of dental services for children and adults, including cosmetic services like porcelain crowns and dental implant restoration.

Dental implants are cylindrical, tapered posts. They are most commonly made from titanium. These posts are surgically placed inside the jawbone, where they fuse with existing bone to create a sturdy base; this base replaces the tooth root.

Abutments are connectors that fix the new tooth to the implant. Sometimes these are built into the implant; sometimes they are placed on top after the fact. Once the abutment is in place, a crown is attached to it. These replacement teeth are custom made for each patient, so they match existing teeth perfectly.

Dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly. They will never get cavities but still require care and regular dental checkups. Patients who opt for dental implants enjoy the freedom they bring, allowing them to eat, drink, and talk naturally.

What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

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Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has been the owner of Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts, since 1986, when he took over the dental practice from his father. Jeffrey Tocci has several dental specialties, including cosmetic surgery and restorative therapies, and has advanced training in oral conscious sedation.

Sedation can be used in several contexts in dentistry, including surgeries and simple cleanings. For some people, going to the dentist for even a minor reason is a cause for major fear and anxiety, and in these cases conscious sedation may be able to help.

Sedation can mean the minimal relaxation that comes from inhaling nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) or taking a Halcion pill, which is similar to taking Valium and can cause drowsiness. Deeper sedation can be given intravenously, which allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation continuously, and the deepest form of sedation is general anesthesia where the patient is completely unconscious.

Many forms of sedation for oral procedures are relatively safe, some of them even for children. When a patient suffers from extreme anxiety, sensitive teeth, or a bad gag reflex, oral conscious sedation with a qualified dentist may be the right choice for a painless dental experience.

Healing from TMJ Disorders

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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.