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.

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.

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.