An Overview of General Dentistry Procedures

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Jeffrey Tocci

Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has studied dentistry at the Harvard Dental School for Implantology, Tufts University of Dental Medicine, and the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. As a dental practitioner in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for more than 30 years, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has performed an array of dental procedures, including fillings, crowns, and extractions.

Fillings, crowns, and extractions represent three of the most common dental procedures a patient may experience. Dental fillings are necessary when a tooth has been compromised by decay. Dentists replace the decayed portion of the tooth with various materials, and in many cases can naturally blend the color of the material with the surrounding teeth, rendering the simple procedure unnoticeable.

Crowns, meanwhile, also can be used to repair a decayed tooth, though a patient may also require a crown if they have cracked or completely broken a tooth. The installation of a crown helps dental professionals to strengthen and restructure the damaged tooth. Crowns are designed to function in the same manner as a healthy tooth so that patients can chew and bite without issue.

Finally, extractions involve the complete removal of a tooth. While dentists prefer to salvage a tooth through fillings or crowns, a tooth subjected to excessive decay or severe trauma may need to be taken out of the mouth and replaced. Patients have a variety of choices when it comes to replacing a tooth after extraction. Following extraction, dentists will ensure that patients retain a proper bite pattern so as to prevent additional oral problems in the future.