By Peter Brusco DMD
March 11, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extractions  

A tooth extraction could just end up benefitting your smile. Find out why.

You might not realize it but sometimes getting a tooth extraction is a good thing for your health. There are many reasons why Dr. Peter Brusco in Kinnelon, NJ, might recommend having a permanent tooth removed. While the goal should always be to save a permanent tooth whenever possible, tooth extraction might be necessary under these scenarios.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

This is the most common reason older teens and adults have to have a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars to come in, often don’t fully erupt through the gums or grow in straight. When this happens the wisdom tooth is more likely to damage neighboring teeth or develop decay or an infection. Fortunately, you don’t need wisdom teeth to maintain a healthy smile.

Crowding

Crowding is a common reason children and teens need to have a tooth removed, particularly before getting orthodontic treatment. While a tooth extraction won’t be required for all orthodontic situations, in cases where crowding is severe, removing one or more teeth can free up space to help braces more efficiently shift teeth into the proper position.

Severe Damage

When it comes to damage caused by decay or trauma, the goal is to save the tooth whenever possible. In most cases, teeth can be restored with a dental filling or a crown; however, there are some situations in which the health and integrity of the tooth are compromised and nothing will be able to restore or repair the tooth. When this happens, the best approach is to remove the tooth and then choose the proper restoration to replace it.

These are just some of the reasons you might need to have a tooth removed. Gum disease, an infection, and even a compromised immune system can also be factors for whether you require a tooth extraction now or in the future.

Dr. Peter Brusco in Kinnelon, NJ, offers dental extractions and more. If you are wondering whether it’s time to have a wisdom tooth extracted or if you just need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call 973-838-5862.

By Peter Brusco DMD
February 17, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime. That's why you should schedule your root canal here at Peter Brusco DMD in Kinnelon, NJ. Dr. Peter Brusco provides this service for his patients.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone.

Are you anxious about the procedure?

If our dental treatment causes you anxiety, please let us know. There are several sedation options we can pursue to make this procedure less worrisome. Our goal is to make your treatment as gentle and comfortable as possible.

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Contact Peter Brusco DMD in Kinnelon, NJ. To schedule your appointment, call Dr. Peter Brusco at (973) 838-5862.

By Peter Brusco DMD
December 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Missing teeth can have a dramatic effect on your self-confidence. Dr. Peter Brusco can help. Dental implants in Kinnelon, NJ are a great way to restore your smile. Keep reading to learn more about this procedure. 

What Are Implants?

Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They can be thought of as permanent false teeth. Implants are preferable for many patients because they provide the strength of natural teeth. Implants are also considered more convenient because there is no need to remove the teeth at night for cleaning. Traditional false teeth sometimes do not fit well, which can be annoying and embarrassing should a tooth or a set of dentures come loose. 

How Are Implants Done?

Having dental implants done in Kinnelon, NJ is considered major dental surgery. During the procedure, metal rods will be surgically implanted into the jawbone. A tooth will be placed on the top of this rod. This procedure can be done for one missing tooth, several, or for all of your teeth. 

Because this is a surgical procedure, there will be a certain amount of recovery time. During this recovery time, it is imperative that you follow your doctor's instructions carefully to avoid the risk of infection. Once you have fully recovered, you should be able to enjoy your new teeth in the same way you would enjoy natural teeth. 

Who Should Get Implants?

Implants are recommended for patients who have strong jawbones. If you do not have strong or healthy jawbones, you will want to discuss other options with your dentist for tooth restoration. It is also necessary that a candidate for this procedure be in relatively good health since this is considered surgery. 

How Long Do Implants Last?

If they are cared for properly, a set of implants should last from 10 to 15 years. The tooth or the crown will wear down over time and will need to be replaced. However, the metal rods on which the crowns are placed will be permanent. 

If you would like to learn more about our services, or if you are interested in dental implants in Kinnelon, NJ, please contact Dr. Brusco by calling 973-838-5862. 

By Peter Brusco DMD
September 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Parents raising a young baby may feel like they wouldn't have to worry about cavities or dental decay. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Baby bottle tooth decay is a real problem that Dr. Peter Brusco sees very often. Understanding this problem and how your family dentist Kinnelon, NJ, can help is critical for parents trying to avoid this common oral health issue.

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a type of severe dental decay common among young infants and children. It can cause painful cavities throughout their baby teeth and even infections. If it spreads, it may even cause gingivitis and cause a young child to lose teeth before they are ready.

Understanding the direct causes of this problem can help parents better prevent it. And working with an experienced pediatric dentist can help you avoid severe repercussions to your child's overall health and well-being.

How Does Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Develop?

This type of persistent decay is usually the result of parents not correctly understanding how to feed their children. Your family dentist in Kinnelon, NJ, see this decay frequently caused by problems like:

  • Heavily sugared drinks that a baby bottle keeps on the surface of a child's teeth
  • Frequent use of a bottle as a pacifier to calm an upset child
  • Spreading bacteria from the mother's mouth to the child's through shared utensils 
  • Poor dental care on the child's young teeth by an unprepared parent

Thankfully, all of these issues are easy to prevent if you just change a few behaviors. You can provide your young ones with the care they need and minimize problematic oral health issues.

Can You Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

A few ways that you can avoid baby bottle tooth decay include:

  • Minimize sugary drinks for your baby
  • Don't use a bottle as a pacifier
  • Rarely share food utensils or a toothbrush with your child
  • Clean your baby's teeth daily with a baby toothbrush or damp washcloth and a tiny amount of child-friendly toothpaste

Help is Available For Your Child

To care for your baby's teeth, you need to work with your family dentist in Kinnelon, NJ. Call Dr. Brusco at (973) 838-5862 to learn more about how we can help.

By Peter Brusco DMD
September 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Crown lengthening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure done to improve the appearance of your smile, specifically by creating a less gummy smile. If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks due to the excessive appearance of gums or small teeth, it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry in Kinnelon, NJ, with Dr. Peter Brusco. While there may be a few different reasons for why your smile appears gummy, there are solutions to improve the appearance of your smile with help from a cosmetic dentistry professional today!

What Is A Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile also referred to as excessive gingival display, is a condition in which a significant amount of gum tissue shows when you smile. This can create the effect of smaller, misshapen teeth because the gum tissue is covering up a majority of the contours of your teeth. Following an evaluation, your dentist will be able to help to determine the cause of your gummy smile and the right treatment option for you. Typically, treatment for a gummy smile involves a crown lengthening procedure, which is a form of cosmetic dentistry in Kinnelon, NJ.

What Is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening, also called esthetic crown lengthening, is done to give people immediate improvement in the look of their smile. The crown of your tooth refers to the exposed part of your tooth sitting above the gumline. Through the removal of gum or bone tissue, crown lengthening reduces the amount of visible gum tissue when you smile and transforms the appearance of small teeth into regular-sized, naturally contoured teeth. For a less gummy smile, your dentist may recommend crown lengthening for you.

Get Help Today!

If you are tired of your gummy smile affecting the way you look and feel each day, then it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry in Kinnelon, NJ. For additional questions or to make an appointment for crown lengthening today, please call Dr. Brusco at (973) 838-5862.





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