Posts for: March, 2017

By Peter Brusco DMD
March 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Peter Brusco DMD
March 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Are you ready to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and how it could enhance your teeth and gums?cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry has become a wonderful way to help people achieve the smile of their dreams. It’s amazing how far cosmetic dentistry has come, and now our Kinnelon, NJ, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Peter Brusco, can offer a beautiful array of options to cater to your needs, whether they be simple or more complex.

Composite Bonding

Also known as dental bonding, this technique uses a moldable tooth-colored resin to cover decay, discolorations, damage and other problems. While this same resin can also be used to fill a cavity, in this case, we will just apply it to hide cosmetic imperfections. Minor problems such as cracks, chips, stains and even gaps between teeth can be perfected with composite bonding. This treatment is completely painless and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour per tooth to complete.

Dental Veneers

If you are looking to get a straighter and more even smile then porcelain veneers could alter the shape, size or even color of your teeth to give you a more uniformed smile. Just by applying these porcelain shells over your teeth we can completely change your smile’s appearance. Imagine, no longer having to worry about uneven, worn, malformed, cracked, discolored or crooked teeth. Veneers can even get your smile straighter without the need for braces.

Teeth Whitening

If you hate that your smile has turned yellow and dull over the years, you certainly aren’t alone. While whitening toothpastes and routine professional cleanings can help remove some surface stains, if you are looking to really remove tough brown and yellow stains the most effective and fast way to do it is with professional teeth whitening. Choose between our in-office and our at-home system. If you want results fast then our in-office system will have you walking out with a visibly whiter smile. If you aren’t in a rush then consider the convenience of at-home whitening.

Dental Implants

While you certainly have many options for replacing missing teeth, if you are looking for a restoration that is as close to real teeth as possible then dental implants is the way to go. These restorations work like tooth roots and are placed into the jawbone by our Kinnelon dentist so that it can naturally bond with bone and tissue. An implant is designed to last decades and support everything from a single dental crown to even a complete set of dentures.

Getting a smile you’re happy with doesn’t have to be difficult. Call our Kinnelon, NJ, cosmetic dental office today and schedule a consultation. Let’s sit down and figure out what we can do for you.


Teething is an important phase in your baby's dental maturity. During the approximate two-year process, they will acquire their first set of teeth.

It can also be an unpleasant two years as each tooth sequentially breaks through the gums. The severity of teething problems differs with each child, but there are common signs: irritability, biting and gnawing, chin rash, drooling or ear rubbing among them. Although for most babies the discomfort isn't that great, the pain can occasionally be a lot for them — and their care-givers — to handle.

Although having a very unhappy infant can be nerve-jangling, there's no real cause for concern health-wise. If, however, they begin to run a fever or experience diarrhea, that could be a sign of something more serious. In those cases, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Otherwise, there are some things you can do to make them more comfortable during teething episodes. One thing to remember: cold items for biting or gnawing usually work wonders. So, be sure you have chilled teething rings or pacifiers (but not frozen — the extreme temperature could burn their gums). For older children, an occasional cold food like a popsicle can bring relief.

You can also try massaging the gums with your clean finger, which will help counteract the pressure of an erupting tooth. But avoid rubbing alcohol or aspirin on the gums, and you shouldn't apply numbing agents to children less than two years of age unless advised by your doctor.

If their pain persists, it's permissible to give them a mild pain reliever like the appropriate dosage for their age of baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Again, you should give this by mouth and avoid rubbing it on the gums.

By the time they're three, all their primary teeth should be in and teething symptoms should have largely dissipated. In the meantime, make them as comfortable as you can รข?? in no time the unpleasantness of teething will pass.

If you would like more information on coping with your child's teething, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles: How to Help Keep your Baby Comfortable.”

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Peter Brusco DMD
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Kinnelon, NJ 07405
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