Fluoride and Oral Health

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Dr. Jeffrey Tocci relies on preventive therapies like fluoride treatments to promote the oral health of his patients at Tocci Dental in Wellesley, Massachusetts. To train for his dental career, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci completed post-graduate education through the Harvard School for Implantology and the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Fluoride is a first-line strategy for preventing oral health problems like tooth decay in adults and young people. Once introduced into the body, fluoride becomes part of and strengthens tooth enamel, which then acts as a shield against tooth decay.

In fact, fluoride is so safe and effective that the vast majority of American municipalities add fluoride to public drinking water specifically to protect against tooth decay. Doing so is not only effective but also cost-saving in that research demonstrates that for each dollar municipalities spend to fluoridate water, they prevent nearly $40 in oral health expenses.

In addition to public water sources, people can get fluoride from the toothpaste they apply to their teeth when they brush. Children living in communities without fluoridated water can also access prescription fluoride treatments in consultation with a dentist or pediatrician.

About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Jeffrey Tocci, DDS, provides custom-made mouth appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea at Tocci Dental Associates. Besides his initial dental training, Jeffrey Tocci, DDS, completed additional education through both Harvard and Tufts Universities.

In America, tens of millions of people live with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that interrupts breathing. While sleeping, patients with the condition stop breathing when the soft tissue at the back of their throats collapses and blocks their airways. Patients then briefly awaken, breathing resumes, and the cycle begins again, sometimes repeating hundreds of times in a single night.

Sleep apnea gives rise to a number of disruptive symptoms. For instance, people may experience daytime fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and even depression. Moreover, the condition can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Medical professionals have developed an oral appliance that patients can wear to address obstructive sleep apnea. The Food and Drug Administration-approved appliance, which fits similarly to a mouth guard, positions the jaw in such a manner as to maintain an open airway.

Replacing Lost Teeth – Dental Implants

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An experienced cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci helps restore lost teeth by installing porcelain crowns atop permanent dental implants. In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci became certified in surgical and restorative dental implantology at Harvard University.

When an individual loses a tooth due to trauma, infection, or other reasons, one way to restore it is with a permanent implant that mimics the form and function of natural teeth. The procedure involves first placing a screw-like, titanium anchor into the jaw. Once fused with the bone, the implant provides a sturdy foundation that can last as long as a quarter of a century.

Atop the anchor sits the “abutment,” a ribbed, pointed object that peeks above the gum line. The abutment acts as the seat of the prosthetic tooth or crown. Dentists design crowns, often constructed using a combination of porcelain and a metal alloy, to match the color of the surrounding teeth.

Before installing crowns, dentists may fit patients with temporary crowns for a few weeks while the gums and jaw bone recover from the surgery implanting the anchor.

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.

What is Laser Dentistry?

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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.

The National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance

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Jeffrey Tocci is a dentist and owner of a dental practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Also a coach of little league baseball, Jeffrey Tocci is also a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization that provides information on the power of positive coaching thanks in large part to its national advisory board.

The Positive Coaching Alliance’s national advisory board consists of former and current athletes and coaches from professional, college, and Olympic sports teams. The board also has researchers, authors, and leaders in the academic and business worlds. Working as volunteers, advisory board members offer advice and guidance through the Positive Coaching Alliance’s collection of workshops, online courses, books, and website resources for coaches throughout the nation.

Advisory board members include Jennifer Azzi, Olympic basketball gold medalist and NCAA champion; Albert Bandura, psychology professor from Stanford University; and Susan Ford, president of the Sand Hill Foundation.

Oral Health Problems – TMJ

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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.