By age 19, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci knew he wanted to enter the dental field instead of medicine. He was working in a dental lab at the time. Today, Dr. Tocci practices full-time cosmetic, family, restorative, and preventive dentistry.
His father, the late Dr. Len Tocci, was a family dentist who influenced his career path, and Dr. Tocci also was influenced by Dr. Lou Calisti, whom he credits with being an incredible mentor.
Dr. Tocci enjoys cosmetic dentistry most because of its ability to change patients’ lives by giving them smiles they are confident to show others. It also is rewarding to provide reconstructive treatments and restore a patient’s ability to chew properly once again. Alleviating jaw pain through TMJ treatment is another way he dramatically improves patients’ lives.
Dr. Tocci returned to the Boston area in 1985 to work as an associate in his father’s practice when his father got ill. A year later, he purchased the practice. It has grown exponentially ever since.
A Boston native, Dr. Tocci graduated in 1981 from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He graduated in 1985 from Georgetown University School of Dental Medicine with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
A dentist never is finished learning, and Dr. Tocci seeks educational opportunities in an effort to continue providing the most effective, technologically advanced treatment available. He earned surgical and restorative dental implantology certification from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1988 and completed a temporomandibular joint disorder residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1991.
Dr. Tocci was asked to stay on at Tufts as an associate clinical professor, and he remained on staff there from 1991 to 2001.Dr. Jeff Tocci on why he became a dentist Read Transcript
I had a father who was in dentistry. Even though he was a part time dentist, he stimulated my interest because his office was in the house at the time when we were growing up. That stimulated me a lot through high school, then in college I had a mentor who had a dental practice (inaudible 00:00:17) and I did a lot of lab work for him and it was just a natural progression to apply to dental school. So, it feels great, love it. Love working with my hands and meeting people every day.
He also has received advanced training in oral conscious sedation and has completed a wide range of training courses offered by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and TruDenta.
This Boston native loves sports and has four children whom he is extremely proud of. When he isn’t working, he is a Weston Baseball volunteer who serves on the board, as a coach, and as a coaching instructor. He also volunteers with the Eastern Massachusetts All-Stars as the pitching and catching coach.
Dr. Tocci was also a founding member of Positive Coaching Alliance New England.