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By Peter Brusco DMD
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentist in Kinnelon, NJ, can give you back your smile

Have you been struggling with tooth loss? If so, dental implants could be the answer to regaining your smile and complete oral functionality. Here at Dr. Peter Brusco's dental office in Kinnelon, NJ, we offer a wide range of dental services, including dental implants—read on to learn more!

What dental implants can do for you

Dental implants provide the most longevity, functionality, and natural feel of any tooth restoration available today.

When you choose dental implants, you will enjoy:

  • Natural-looking beauty, because dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that closely resemble natural tooth structure
  • Complete stability, because dental implants are firmly surrounded and embedded in bone, assuring that they never move around
  • Permanence, because dental implants never need to be removed and never decay
  • Convenient, because you brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth

Dental implants are also a conservative treatment because only the implant area needs to be treated. Additionally, they stimulate the muscles in your jawbone, allowing you to maintain your firm jawline and youthful contours.

Dental implant treatment begins with a simple in-office procedure to insert the implant into your jaw. Over the healing period, your jawbone will fill in and fuse with the implant screw, locking it in place. After the area has healed, the implant screw is capped with a beautiful porcelain crown, finishing off your brand new tooth!

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Dental implants are also the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. You deserve to enjoy the success of dental implants too! To find out more about restoring your smile with dental implants, call Dr. Peter Brusco in Kinnelon, NJ, today at (973) 838-5862.


Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”


We've been using bridges to replace missing teeth for decades. Now, recently-developed implant-supported bridges are even more dependable, promising greater durability and less interference with remaining natural teeth.

But just like other restorations, you'll need to keep implant bridges clean to ensure their longevity. Although both the bridge and implants are impervious to disease, the supporting gums and bone aren't. If they become infected, they can break down and your restoration will fail.

Cleaning an implant-supported bridge includes flossing around each of the implants to remove dental plaque, a thin film of food particles and bacteria most responsible for dental disease. To perform this task, you'll have to pass the floss between the bridge and gums to access the sides of each implant.

To help make it easier, you can use a tool like a floss threader, a thin, shaft-like device with a loop on one end and a needle-like point on the other. You'll first thread about 18" of floss through the end and then pass the threader between the bridge and gums with the sharp end toward the tongue.

With the threader completely through, you'll then wrap the floss around your fingers as with regular flossing and move the floss up and down each side of the implants you can access. You'll then pull the floss out, reload the threader and move to the next section, repeating this process until you've flossed each side of each implant.

You can also use pre-cut floss with a stiffened end to thread between the bridge and gums or an interproximal brush with a thin bristled head that can reach underneath the bridge. And you might consider using an oral irrigator, a pump device that sprays a stream of pressurized water to remove and flush away plaque around implants.

To round out your hygiene efforts, be sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings. Your dentist can also advise you and give you training on keeping your implants clear of disease-causing plaque. Cleaning around your implants will help ensure your restoration will last.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental restoration, 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 “Oral Hygiene for Fixed Bridgework.”

By Peter Brusco DMD
April 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are best known as restorations for single missing teeth. But there’s more to them than that—they can also be used to support and secure removable dentures or fixed bridges.

That’s because a dental implant is actually a root replacement. A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where, over time, bone cells grow and adhere to it. This accumulated bone growth gives the implant its signature durability and contributes to its long-term success rate (95%-plus after ten years). It can support a single attached crown, or serve as an attachment point for a dental bridge or a connector for a removable denture.

The method and design of implants differentiates it from other restoration options. And there’s one other difference—implants require a minor surgical procedure to insert them into the jawbone.

While this might give you pause, implant surgery is no more complicated than a surgical tooth extraction. In most cases we can perform the procedure using local anesthesia (you’ll be awake the entire time) coupled with sedatives (if you have bouts of anxiety) to help you relax.

We first access the bone through small incisions in the gums and then create a small channel or hole in it. A surgical guide that fits over the teeth may be used to help pinpoint the exact location for the implant.

We then use a drilling sequence to progressively increase the size of the channel until it matches the implant size and shape. We’re then ready to insert the implant, which we remove at this time from its sterile packaging. We may then take a few x-rays to ensure the implant is in the right position, followed by closing the gums with sutures.

There may be a little discomfort for that day, but most patients can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. It’s what goes on over the next few weeks that’s of prime importance as the bone grows and adheres to the implant. Once they’re fully integrated, we’re ready to move to the next step of affixing your crown, bridge or denture to gain what you’ve waited so long for—your new implant-supported smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”

By Peter Brusco DMD
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have missing teeth, you can close the gaps in your smile with dental implants. Dental implants replace missing teeth and their roots. dental implantsThey also look and function just like natural teeth. Once placed, no one will know they aren’t your original teeth. In addition to closing the gaps in your smile, dental benefits offer so many other benefits. Your dentist can explain exactly how dental implants can benefit you. In Kinnelon, NJ, dental implants are placed by Dr. Peter Brusco.

What are Dental Implants?

Much like dentures or dental bridges, dental implants substitute for natural teeth. A significant difference from other options is that installation of dental implants is permanent, which means no messy adhesives are required and they will not fall out of place. Once installed, dental implants look just like natural teeth, and function like them as well. They can be used for biting down, chewing, and eating without worrying about them coming loose.

There are three parts to a dental implant: a metal implant, an abutment, and a porcelain crown. The hypoallergenic metal implant is placed below the gum line, just like a tooth root. The implant is placed into the jaw bone to permanently anchor it in place. The porcelain crown is installed above the gum line and is the portion of the implant that replaces the actual tooth. Once installed, no one will be able to discern the difference between the crown and your natural teeth. Finally, the abutment connects the crown and the implant together.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several benefits to selecting dental implants for closing the gaps in your smile. Dr. Brusco, your dentist for dental implants in Kinnelon, can discuss the specific ways in which dental implants can benefit you. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:

  • Permanently replacing missing teeth.
  • Closing the gaps in your smile.
  • They look just like natural teeth.
  • They will not come loose or fall out with normal activity.
  • Normal tooth functions, such as biting and chewing, are restored.
  • They can improve speech by closing gaps that affect tongue placement when speaking.
  • They reduce wear and tear on existing teeth previously compensating for missing ones.
  • There is no need to apply messy dental adhesives, as with other tooth replacement options.

Permanently close the gaps in your smile with dental implants installed by Dr. Brusco, your dentist for dental implants in Kinnelon, NJ. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brusco, call the office at (973) 838-5862.

Kinnelon, NJ Dentist
Peter Brusco DMD
170 Kinnelon Rd # 29A
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
(973) 838-5862
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