Beyond the Smile: How A Wellesley MA Dentist Can Change Your Life

Gum Reshaping, Gummy Smile Treatment at Wellesley, MA | Dr. Jeff Tocci | Tocci Dental Associates

Cleaning teeth and filling cavities … these are the services we think about whenever we think about the dentist. But a good dentist in Wellesley MA is focusing on much more than preventing tooth decay and restoring damaged teeth.

Dr. Tocci and his dental team are dedicated to improving a patient’s oral health and overall health. He has practiced dentistry for more than 30 years, and he is trained to handle a number of dental issues begun repairing teeth.

Tocci Dental Associates is a treating patients from 1 to 101, and we have implemented only the most advanced technology to make procedures gentle, fast, and efficient. You can start you treatment by calling our office today 781-304-8172. Today we also want to review a few of the lesser known ways a dentist, particularly Dr. Tocci, can improve your smile and overall health.

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

Gum health is a vital part of a healthy mouth. That’s why we dentists remind patients to floss their teeth at least once a day. The reasons is because gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. This problem can strike with little to know warning and quickly take over the mouth. Gum disease is also extremely common. Studies have found that about 50 percent of people 30 years of age and older will experience gum disease. That number goes up to more than 70 percent for patients 65 years and older. The issues don’t end there. Gum disease has been linked to problems like heart disease and diabetes.

Mild gum disease is curable, but advanced gum disease, periodontitis disease, is not curable. We’re treating gum disease and helping patients manage their gum disease through a process known as root scaling and planing, when we remove bacteria and tartar from beneath the gum line.

Helping Patients Improve Their Sleep

Loud snoring or waking up gasping for air are two common signs of sleep apnea, a condition that affects millions of Americans. Sleep apnea occurs when a patients experiences pauses in breathing during sleep. People with serious sleep apnea can experience has many as 30 of these episodes an hour. During an episode, the patient literally stops breathing, which causes the blood pressure to rise. Extensive studies have found that patients with untreated sleep apnea have an increased risk of problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even stroke.

The common way to treat sleep apnea is the CPAP. But patients often find the CPAP intolerable and don’t use the device. There is a solution for patients struggling with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea: the oral appliance. Instead of having a machine, hose, and mask — like the CPAP — the oral appliance fits over the bottom teeth and pushes the lower jaw forward. This keeps the airways open while you sleep. The treatment is easy to use, affordable, and easy to travel with. Our patients get use to the device within the first few nights, and unlike the CPAP, it doesn’t interrupt the sleep partner.

Correct Headaches or Jaw Pains  

Whenever a headaches arises, patients often turn to medication. But frequent headaches can often be related to dysfunction in the jaw, specifically the temporomandibular joint. The TMJ is at work everytime we open and close our moths. Patients with dysfunction in the joint often hear loud clicking, popping, or grinding noises in the joint. They also struggle with jaw tenderness and constant headaches or involuntarily grind or clench their teeth.

Dr. Tocci is using a holistic approach to treating the TMJ. In addition to provide guards for patients who clench or grind, he’s using treatments like microcurrent therapy, trigger point therapy, ultrasound therapy, and cold laser therapy. The goal is to take stress off the jaw and alleviate headaches and any sensitivity.

Find Your Modern Dentist Today

As you can see, there is much more to dentistry than drilling and filling. We provide advanced solutions to give you better oral and overall health. We’d love for you to visit our modern dental practice. Schedule an appointment by calling us today at 781-304-8172 or using the online form to request a visit.