New Protein For Dental Implant Patients

St. Charles Dental ImplantsCountless men and women have replaced missing teeth with jaw-bone anchored tooth implants. Unlike a dental bridge, a tooth implant consists of a titanium post inserted into the jaw bone. The bone meshes with the post to create a strong base for the natural-looking prosthetic tooth and crown that attaches to the post.

Dental implants are usually the perfect restoration for people who want to replace a missing tooth. There is a problem, however, if the jaw bone is too thin at the implant location.

When a tooth is extracted, the bone loses the blood circulation at the former site of the root. Consequently, bone recession often takes place. If the recession is extreme, there is not enough bone to hold the dental implant post.

Bone grafting can augment the bone at the implant site and provide the bone density necessary for a successful implant. This is usually effective, but it does require time for the new bone to be produced. A new discovery may provide a quicker solution for regenerating bone.

Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine have identified a protein that quickly stimulates the production of new bone. The research team, led by Dr. Ulf M.E. Wikesjo, implanted bone morphogenetic protein in test subjects and discovered that “more new bone formed within four weeks than with conventional bone grafting.”

This protein will require extensive testing before it is available for dental implant patients. However, I am pleased with the prospect of an additional method for making dental implants possible for my patients with missing teeth and jaw bone recession.

For information about tooth restoration options including tooth implants, dental bridges, and porcelain crowns, call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Let’s Talk About Your Smile

Let’s Talk About Your Smile I’m Martin Buchheit of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. My office is located at 2149 Charbonier Rd in Florissant. One of the best things about being a dentist is interacting with my patients. During initial dental consultations, I listen carefully to my patient’s short and long term dental goals.

I enjoy discussing options and developing effective treatment plans tailored specifically to each person. Some of my patients desire a total smile makeover. I explain in detail the treatments available including teeth whitening, dental veneers, orthodontia, crown restoration, and dental implants.

If a patient is nervous about undergoing treatment, we discuss oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation, sometimes called oral sedation dentistry, is a great option for anxious patients. Dental visits do not have to be painful!

After the treatment has been completed, it is very gratifying for me to see my patient’s reaction to their new smile.

I never get tired of creating dramatic smile transformations for the best patients in Missouri!

If you have been considering a smile makeover, let’s talk about your smile. Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Filtered Florissant Water And Oral Health

Filtered Florissant Water And Oral Health

A simple way for St. Louis residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit, an experienced Florissant dentist serving the Chesterfield, Maryland Heights, and St. Charles areas. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 205-933-0323 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Florissant area since 1987, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Florissant, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want To Be!)

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Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you drive by a dental practice?

Many men and women who have improved their smiles with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration services chose to use sedation. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are generally used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s examine the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is frequently called. Nitrous oxide has been used in cosmetic dental offices for many years because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the procedure, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental procedures, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the ideal choice.

Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as quickly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually lead to complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in ‘conscious’ sedation. Two of the most prevalent sedatives used by Florissant dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

IV Sedation
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true ‘sleep dentistry.’ Most patients are oblivious to what is going on in their mouth. IV sedation is often used for services such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile makeovers. (The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure, so you won’t need a handsome prince’s kiss to wake you up.)

For more details about sedation dentistry, adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 205-933-0323.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

St. Charles tooth implants cost

Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a fairly simple answer can be frustrating. But there is a reason for that.

I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit. Thanks for stopping to read my blog. I know it can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the internet. Let me take a moment to explain why most dental sites don’t publish the cost of tooth implants.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Tooth implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a straightforward consultation to review dental history, evaluate needs, and construct a treatment plan. This could mean more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the method won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the service.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the internet but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees makes it impossible to guarantee an exact price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can accurately calculate dental implant surgery expenses based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Please make an appointment to quickly and accurately get these answers. Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 205-933-0323 for more information.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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What is the recovery time for a permanent tooth implant procedure?

There isn’t a standard timeline because there are many variables involved.

Each patient’s treatment plan is unique.

Here are some variables that affect the recovery time for a dental implant procedure.

  1. Is a tooth extraction required?
  2. Will I need to have a bone graft (and/or sinus lift) before getting the implant?
  3. Will I receive anesthesia during the procedure?

Tooth extraction

If you need a non-viable tooth pulled, it may be possible to receive a dental implant on the same day. As long as you have enough strong, healthy jawbone in which to anchor the implant.

Bone graft

As soon as a tooth is taken out, the bone begins to recede. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that prevents or (greatly reduces) bone deterioration.

If teeth at the implant site have been gone for a while, the bone may have regressed. Bone can also be weakened or destroyed with a severe infection.

A key determination is whether an implant patient needs bone augmentation.

In a bone grafting procedure, an oral surgeon or dentist packs bone material into the area where the implant will be placed.

If the implant will be placed in the upper arch, you may need a sinus lift treatment. When bone matter diminishes in parts of the upper jaw, it may cause the floor of the sinus cavity to fall into the space created.

A sinus lift procedure is done in conjunction with a bone graft. The goal is to raise the floor of the sinus cavity to make room for the additional bone material.

After the bone graft, you need to wait until the new bone has integrated with the existing bone. This will create a strong and stable foundation for the implant.

Recovery after a bone graft procedure

Day of procedure: Though bone grafting requires oral surgery, don’t let the term “surgery” give the impression that it has a long recovery time. The site will be sore, but most patients can take care of it with Ibuprofen or aspirin.

It doesn’t take much longer than filling a cavity. Most patients can return to work the next day.

If swelling or pain increases a few days after the procedure, contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS.

After a bone graft, how long until I can get my implant?

The fusing process can take several months. You don’t want to rush this because successful implantation requires a sturdy foundation.

Recovery after implant placement

Just as with the bone graft procedure, the implant placement procedure can be completed in less than two hours. If you elect to have IV sedation, however, you will need to wait until the effects of the sedation have worn off.

You will probably experience the following post-procedure:

  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Swelling and/or bruising of the gums and cheeks

These effects should subside after a few days. Ice packs used on the outside of the face can reduce swelling. Call our office if these symptoms persist.

NOTE: It is not necessary for a permanent tooth implant recipient to be unconscious for the dental procedure. A local painkiller is usually sufficient. However, individuals with dental anxiety may elect stronger sedation.

Healing abutment

Your dentist may attach a temporary healing abutment to the post during the initial surgery. A healing abutment is sometimes described as a ‘healing cuff’ or ‘healing cap.’

Make sure you practice daily oral hygiene but be extra careful when cleaning around the surgical site.

It’s important to follow all post-procedure instructions. And be sure to make the recommended follow-up visits.

Smoking can make it harder to heal from any type of oral surgery.

After a tooth implant has had time to fuse with the bone, you will have an appointment to attach the abutment.

Attaching the abutment

This is a fairly quick treatment. Your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue at the implant site to expose the post. Then the abutment is attached. Your dentist may place the prosthesis (artificial tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture/partial denture) at the same time. Or your dentist may wait until your gums have healed.

Permanent dental implants can give you a beautiful new smile. To keep it beautiful and avoid further issues (like decay or an infection):

  • Practice proper oral hygiene—keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Don’t chew on hard foods or other items
  • If you grind your teeth, pursue treatment.
  • Have a twice-yearly dental exam and cleaning

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant, we restore missing teeth with tooth implants. Dental implant placement studies have found a five-year success rate of 98%.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Think Twice Before Using Mail-Order Aligners

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We get it. It sounds simple. It sounds affordable. It sounds convenient.

You order a kit online. It is delivered to your door. You take an impression of your teeth in the comfort of your home. Or you stop by the clinic and have the impression taken. The company sends you clear aligners to straighten your teeth. And it costs a lot less than orthodontist-supervised Invisalign!

In 2013, SmileDirect Club became the first company to offer self-directed teeth straightening. The fact that they are being sued by customers all over the U.S. should tell you something.

Everything that’s wrong with at-home aligner systems

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have released warnings about the perils of direct-to-consumer orthodontics.

“Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.” American Association of Orthodontists

SmileDirectClub was the first company to offer DIY aligners. They provide custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They tout an average cost savings of over 50% of the price of traditional aligners administered by an orthodontist. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your orthodontist creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” to get a scan. SmileDirect advertises that there are SmileShops in every U.S. state. They also provide the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

You can send a selfie of your teeth. Think about that. Selfies are for vacations. Are they a substitute for the skill of a specialist who attended dental school and several years of orthodontics training?

Is it worth the risk?

Don’t take chances with your smile. Many orthodontists have patients whose self-directed treatment completely messed up their teeth. Some of these individuals end up losing some of their teeth because of mail-ordering treatment gone wrong.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Restorative dentistry has advanced significantly over the years and there are now several effective ways to fix decayed teeth. In today’s post, we are going to focus on two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive alternative to a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are produced in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

An inlay is used to fix the surface of a damaged tooth, commonly to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin is used for inlays; these materials are heavy-duty and look very natural because the color can be matched precisely to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is exactly fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions as the initial tooth.

An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are usually applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are exactly fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay. As mentioned before, inlays and onlays serve a key role in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we provide exceptional dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call 205-933-0323 to make an appointment today.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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If My Child Doesn’t Have Crooked Teeth, Do They Still Need An Orthodontic Exam?

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If my child doesn’t appear to have crooked teeth, should I still have them evaluated by an orthodontist?

Yes. Even if you don’t see any signs that your child will need braces. It’s vital to have an exam and X-rays to know exactly how tooth development is progressing.

When should a child be examined by an orthodontist?

We recommend bringing little ones by the age of seven.

If my son or daughter has gaps between their baby teeth, should I be worried?

Young children have gaps temporarily as their baby teeth gradually fall out and permanent teeth gradually come in. Having gaps in baby teeth doesn’t necessarily mean your youngster will have gaps in their permanent teeth. However, it’s essential to have your child examined by an orthodontist before the age of seven.

If my youngster has a gap between the two front permanent teeth, do they need braces?

A gap between the two front permanent teeth is a very common issue. It can be caused by pacifier use or thumbsucking as a baby. If teeth are unusually small, it may create gaps between them as the jaw develops. In adults, gum disease or missing teeth can lead to gaps.

The tissue that is located between the inside of the upper lip and the gum above the upper front teeth is called the labial frenum. If the labial frenum is especially large, it can create a gap between the top middle teeth.

A gap can be corrected with braces or cosmetic dentistry. It depends on the cause of the gap, the size of the gap, and whether there are bite problems.

If my child has a gap between their two top middle teeth, will it eventually close up?

In a child, the gap between the two top middle teeth may close up. Or it might get larger. Schedule an exam and consultation at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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Not Happy With Your Dentist?

Florissant Cosmetic Dentisty Hello! Whether you stumbled upon this blog by mistake or clicked here on purpose, welcome!

In the Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS dental blog, we post informative articles about dentistry. This includes general dentistry, cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about our dental practice. Many of my patients visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find useful dental information here.

If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current dentist, I invite you to visit my Florissant office, meet my friendly staff, and describe your dental needs.

We are dedicated to exceeding our patients’ expectations.

Before we can provide dental treatment, however, Dr. Buchheit must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first initial consultation will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your questions and expectations about dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns about the cost of treatment?

I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, we recommend the most conservative service.

If you have pressing dental needs, let’s discuss your options and consider the long-term consequences of each treatment. We are committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

Please call us at 205-933-0323 to schedule a consultation. We are confident that you will feel good about choosing Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS for your dental care.

 

Contact Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS:

205-933-0323

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 

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