Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Peter Brusco DMD
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out more about dental fillings and how they work.fillings

We know that dealing with a cavity can be frustrating, but it isn’t the end of the world. In fact, most people will face a cavity at some point during their lifetime. It’s just important that you have our Kinnelon, NJ, dentist, Dr. Peter Brusco, by your side to provide you with the care you need to get your oral health back on track.

If tooth decay is left ignored or doesn’t get treated it will continue to get worse, damaging the tooth and leading to a cavity. Decay can attack the outermost layer, known as the enamel, as well as the dentin layer (which is the layer underneath).

There are many reasons why decay occurs. In most cases, the foods and drinks we consume can be to blame. If you are someone who regularly enjoys sugary drinks and snacks or white starches then you may be about to get some bad news: these foods are increasing your chances of developing a cavity.

While some people may experience a toothache or notice a dark spot on their tooth not everyone will experience symptoms of a cavity. Because of this, it is important that you visit your Kinnelon family dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. It’s during these exams that we can detect cavities and put a stop to them before they cause serious havoc.

In order to stop the spread of decay, we will need to remove it as soon as possible. To do that, we will drill away the decay from the tooth and then fill it. Before we begin drilling we will numb the area first with a local anesthetic. Once your mouth is numb we will carefully remove the decay. Once removed, the next and final step is to place the dental filling.

A dental filling is made from a tooth-colored material (also known as composite resin). This material is first matched to the color of your tooth so that it blends in. From there, this moldable resin is applied in thin layers over the holes of the tooth. We will shape and contour the material until it completely covers these holes. Each layer is then hardened permanently into place using a dental laser. Getting a dental filling is the best way to restore a tooth’s strength and durability after decay.

Do you have questions about dental fillings? Need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Then it’s time you called our Kinnelon, NJ, dental office to schedule an appointment with us. You’ll be glad you did.

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.

By Peter Brusco DMD
January 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Restorative dental procedures improve the function and appearance of teeth. Dr. Peter Brusco, your Kinnelon, NJ family dentist, restorative dentistrydiscusses several common procedures that can help you keep your smile bright and healthy.


Fillings restore teeth damaged by tooth decay. In addition to silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored composite resin fillings are also available. These durable fillings are tinted to match the shade of your teeth, making it impossible for anyone to tell that you have a filling.

Composite bonding

Composite bonding is one of the most inexpensive, yet effective, ways to repair teeth or change their appearance. It's often used to repair chips or gaps, lengthen teeth, cover discolorations or change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth. Although the composite resin used in the bonding process is soft when it's applied, it becomes as hard as your natural tooth enamel when it's exposed to a curing light.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns help protect damaged or weak teeth, but also improve the appearance of your smile. They're often used to restore broken teeth or stabilize teeth weakened by cracks, large fillings or root canal therapy. Because crowns cover your teeth on all four sides, they not only provide excellent protection, but also cover discolorations and other imperfections. They're a good choice to lengthen short teeth or completely change the appearance of a tooth that doesn't fit in with the rest of your smile.

If you've lost a tooth or two, your Kinnelon dentist may recommend filling the gap with a bridge. Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth anchored on either side by a crown.

Dental implants

Implants are another popular tooth replacement option. During a minor surgical procedure, your implant will be placed in an opening in your jawbone. A crown added to the top of the implant replaces the visible part of your tooth. Over the course of a few months, your implant bonds to your jawbone, providing a permanent replacement for your lost tooth roots.


They're no thicker than a fingernail, yet custom-made porcelain veneers provide excellent coverage for minor dental flaws, such as chips, cracks and discolorations. They can also be used to cover slight gaps between teeth or whiten your entire smile. Veneers are bonded to the fronts of your teeth only.

Could you benefit from a restorative procedure? Call Dr. Brusco, your Kinnelon, NJ family dentist, at (973) 838-5862 to schedule your appointment.

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