Veneers Help Many Patients Achieve Beautiful Smiles

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Jeffrey Tocci, DDS, founder and owner of Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. Dr. Jeffrey Tocci practices cosmetic, aesthetic, reconstructive, preventive, and sports dentistry. One popular cosmetic procedure that is available to his patients is the application of porcelain veneers.

When a patient wishes to improve his smile, porcelain veneers may be a good option. Cheaper than crowns and longer lasting than bonding, veneers are a popular way to change the color of a patient’s teeth, alter tooth size and shape, or make slight positional alterations. Veneers are extremely durable and look completely natural.

Porcelain veneers are comprised of several thin layers of ceramic material, plus a layer of adhesive. Before they are bonded in place, a dentist must remove a very thin layer of the tooth’s natural enamel in order to allow the veneer to fit properly. The veneer is bonded to the tooth using a resin that is cured using a special ultraviolet light.

After receiving veneers, patients need to return to the dentist for a follow up appointment just to ensure everything is fine with the procedure. After that, routine brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments are all that are required to maintain veneers.

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What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry
Laser dentistry

 

 

Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. He received certification in surgical dental implantology and temporomandibular joint disorder treatment from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University of Dental Medicine. Jeffrey Tocci, DDS, who received his doctor of dental surgery degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry, is the owner of Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and offers his patients the laser dentistry option.

Laser dentistry, which is approved for practice by the Food and Drug Administration, has been used to treat tooth decay, gum disease, and lesion removal since 1994. Delivering energy through a highly focused beam of light, lasers have a multitude of uses in dentistry. In a surgical setting, lasers can assist in cutting or vaporizing oral tissue. Other uses include the “curing” or strengthening of tooth filling bonds and as a teeth whitening bleaching agent.

The advantages laser dentistry has over traditional dental drilling are that it minimizes swelling and bleeding, is less painful and thereby reduces the need for anesthesia, and preserves more of the patient’s tooth during cavity extractions. Although this procedure may seem to be a better alternative when compared to dental drilling, laser dentistry is costly. Research shows that clinical laser machinery costs $42,000 on average, whereas the traditional drill technology averages only $600.