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August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bonding   Oral Health  

Are you in need of cosmetic bonding or cosmetic dentistry from your Bloomfield, PA, dentist? Dr. Stephen DeFusco and Dr. Dental Bonding ResultsHeba Alani, can help you get the smile you want.

Dental Bonding in Bloomfield, PA

Composite resins come in many colors and shade. They provide you with life-like results and the procedure isn't that long. Getting a dental bonding doesn't need any laboratory work so your dentist can finish the procedure in one visit, approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

Here is what the process entails:

  1. Cleaning the surface of the tooth to ensure they're plaque-free
  2. Then they'll etch your teeth with an acidic gel to open pores on the surface of your teeth
  3. Your dentist will rinse the etching material with composite resin matching the color of your teeth
  4. A special curing light hardens the bonding material
  5. Another layer is painted onto your tooth
  6. The tooth is shaped using a drill

More on Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an easy and inexpensive restorative procedure in cosmetic dentistry. It's an easy and inexpensive way to fix broken and decayed teeth to give you the beautiful smile you want. They fix:

  • Chips
  • Discoloration
  • Minor spacing
  • Irregularities
  • Decays
  • Fractures

Maintaining your New Bonding

Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth, but with the proper maintenance, bonded teeth may last 3 to 10 years.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once before bed
  • Make sure you visit your dentist twice a year for a routine checkup and dental cleaning
  • Changing your diet to eat fewer sugars and incorporating healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape teeth clean as you eat them
  • Drinking plenty of water to wash away food debris


For more information on tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call our Bloomfield, PA, dentists, Dr. DeFusco and Dr. Alani, today to schedule an appointment!

June 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Dental CrownsYou can't always tell if teeth are healthy and strong just by looking at them. Even relatively white, straight teeth may be suffering from tooth decay, structural damage, or gum disease below the surface, putting your smile and oral health at risk. Yet despite the prevalence of common dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease, many people put off or avoid going to the dentist altogether due to concerns over cost, the time it will take to complete dental work, or a general fear of going to the dentist. Dental crowns offer a practical and affordable solution for fixing damaged and decayed teeth quickly and efficiently. Dr. Stephen DeFusco and Dr. Heba Alani, dentists in Bloomfield, PA, recommend dental crowns for patients looking for a sustainable and durable fix for chipped, cracked, broken, or severely decayed teeth.

Dental Restorations in Bloomfield, PA

Dental crowns are one of the most effective dental restorations because, in addition to improving the cosmetic aspects of a damaged tooth, they also strengthen and prevent further damage. In cases of extreme tooth decay, a crown is often the only thing that can prevent an extraction of the tooth if a cavity is too large to repair with a filling. A crown covers the tooth and fortifies it to keep it from cracking or breaking with repeated wear and tear.

When Should You Get a Crown?

Crowns are unique in that they can be used to repair a large range of dental issues. They are used to improve the size, shape, structure/stability, function, and cosmetic appearance of one or more damaged teeth. They are also used to replace missing teeth as part of a dental bridge. The procedure is minimally invasive, and with proper care, a good dental crown can last anywhere from five to 15 years, often longer.

Find a Dentist in Bloomfield, PA

For more information about your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact our office by calling 412-688-8446 to schedule an appointment with Dr. DeFusco and Dr. Alani today.

March 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Are you ready to learn more about how this clear orthodontic system could help you?invisalign

Do you ever wish that you had a straighter smile but think that there is no way you would wear metal braces later in life in order to do it? We know a lot of people have this very same sentiment. But what if we told you that you could get a straighter, more perfectly aligned smile without ever having to wear braces? Have we piqued your interest? Great! Our Bloomfield, PA, dentists, Dr. Stephen DeFusco and Dr. Heba Alani, are here to tell you more.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign has been around for decades so chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of this orthodontic option before. Perhaps you even know someone who has gotten Invisalign, or maybe you know nothing about it. Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

Instead of using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of custom-fitted clear aligners that cover the upper and/or lower teeth in much the same way whitening trays might. The major difference is that these aligners are specially designed to move teeth into the proper position.

What problems can Invisalign treat?

Most people assume that Invisalign can only handle the simplest alignment problems, so you might be surprised to learn that this clear orthodontic system can actually treat a host of minor to more serious misalignments such as:

  • Crooked or twisted teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding and overlapping
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If you are dealing with any of these problems then you could very well be an excellent candidate for Invisalign. During your consultation, our Bloomfield general dentist will examine your teeth and talk to you about your treatment goals to determine whether Invisalign will give you the results you want.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

The most obvious benefit of choosing Invisalign is that you won’t have to deal with embarrassing metal braces. Instead, you’ll receive clear, thin plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth so they are more discreet.

Aligners are also removable. While this doesn’t mean that you can just take them on and off when you want to, it is comforting to know that you won’t have to change your diet around to accommodate your braces. With traditional metal braces, you have to avoid a lot of different foods to prevent damage, but not with Invisalign. Invisalign aligners can easily be removed prior to mealtimes and before brushing and flossing, so they don’t cramp your lifestyle.

It doesn’t matter if you have questions about Invisalign or want to sit down with our Bloomfield, PA, dental team and find out if your smile can be corrected with this treatment, don’t hesitate to call us about any of the services we offer.

January 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

Depending on the type of injury or extent of damage to your tooth, chances are that your dentist will try to save the tooth through a ottoh extractionrestorative treatment like a filling, crown or root canal therapy. But if the damage or decay is too severe, the tooth may have to be extracted (removed) in order to prevent further damage. Dr. Stephen DeFusco and Dr. Heba Alani offer emergency and restorative dental services in Bloomfield, PA.

Dental Extractions in Bloomfield, PA

Extractions are usually considered a last resort, but if a tooth is damaged beyond repair, removing it is sometimes the best option to eliminate pain, infection, and to restore function and the cosmetic aspect of your smile. Most adults will have at least one, usually all of their wisdom teeth routinely extracted. They may be impacted, or cause crowding which can affect your whole smile. But any tooth can be extracted if more conservative treatment methods fail or are not enough to save the tooth.

Your tooth may need to be extracted due to:

  • Trauma (a severe break above or below the gumline)
  • Severe tooth decay (if there is not enough healthy tooth surface left for a dental filling or crown)
  • Crowding (sometimes teeth are extracted if there is not enough room for the other teeth/to relieve significant bite and alignment issues)

If your dentist determines that an extraction is necessary, the tooth is removed through a simple or surgical extraction depending on the cause and extent of damage. Surgical extractions are usually necessary if the tooth is impacted or for severe breaks where the remaining portion of the tooth is under the gums.

There are a number of options available to replace an extracted tooth, such as crowns and bridgework or dental implants.

Find a Dentist in Bloomfield, PA

Don't wait to get the dental care and treatment you need. If you have suffered dental trauma, tooth decay, or are ready for a whiter, brighter smile, contact our office by calling (412) 688-8446 to schedule an appointment with Dr. DeFusco or Dr. Alani today.

November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If it seems like popular culture and social media are full of impossibly happy and confident people showing off perfect smiles, the reality is veneersthat many people admit to hating or being embarrassed by what their teeth look like. One study found that over 40% of people surveyed would change something about their smile, and almost 30% said they avoided smiling in pictures for social media because of their teeth. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, living with damaged teeth is not an obligation. Some of the most common cosmetic dental issues can be repaired quickly and affordably with veneers.

Get A New Smile with Dental Veneers in Bloomfield, PA

Many people put off dental treatment and cosmetic improvements due to embarrassment, fear, or even misconceptions about the time, cost, and even pain that might be involved in cosmetic dental work. But the truth is that in some cases, a single appointment with a minimally invasive treatment like veneers is all that it will take to drastically improve damaged teeth, depending on the problem.

How Porcelain Veneers Work

A veneer is made of a translucent, razor thin layer of porcelain designed to look and feel like tooth enamel. They are custom designed for each person, and can be used to change the size, shape, and color of a tooth. With proper oral hygiene and dental care, veneers have been known to last five to ten years or longer. Some of the problems that veneers can be used to correct include:

  • Chipped and cracked teeth
  • Spacing
  • Uneven or different size teeth
  • Stains and discolorations

Find a Dentist Bloomfield, PA

If the current state of your smile has been holding you back, there has never been a better time to invest in a new smile. For more information about the benefits of porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office today by calling 412-688-8446 to schedule an appointment with dentists, Dr. Stephen DeFusco or Dr. Heba Alani in Bloomfield, PA today.

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