Let’s Talk About It

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Hello, I’m Dr. Buchheit of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant. I am enthusiastic about upgrading smiles through cosmetic dentistry. Few physical improvements have such a compelling effect on attractiveness and self-confidence as a smile makeover. Excellent oral health and an attractive smile contribute to overall physical health and high quality of life.

If you have ever wondered how cosmetic dentistry could change your life, I invite you to schedule a consultation so we can talk about it. I believe that the initial consultation is a crucial part of any treatment plan. During your no-pressure smile redesign consultation we will consider the following issues:

  • Your goals for how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The state of your oral health.
  • The distinct features of your teeth and gums that you wish to correct.
  • Which distinct treatments are needed.
  • A detailed explanation of each needed procedure (e.g. porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, braces, or teeth whitening).
  • You can see before and after pictures of smile redesign patients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the procedures (all at once or over time).
  • Information about sleep dentistry.
  • Answers to any questions or concerns.
  • Cosmetic dentistry costs and financing options.

Your beautiful smile begins with an exam and consultation; give us a call 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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4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal

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When you go to your drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, teeth whitener, or another oral care product, be sure that the product you select lists the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Today, we look at 4 ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for yourself and your family.

1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your money on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.

2. The American Dental Association (ADA) only places their seal on a product after serious scientific testing. Which usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.

3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with your Florissant dentist or dental hygienist right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?

4. The ADA seal is not the organization’s recommendation of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

Dr. Buchheit of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS
serves the St. Louis area from our beautiful practice in Florissant. We take pride in caring for our patients and, like the ADA, want you to have a healthy, beautiful smile.

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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If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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This is a key question occasionally asked by patients at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is extremely difficult to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to detrimental gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding usually stops within a week or two.

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in Missouri and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm

If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could lead to gum disease. The good news is that, unlike decay, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.

It is important to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Securely wind each end around your middle fingers.
  3. Take hold of the floss with your forefinger and thumb leaving about two inches to work with.
  4. Thread the floss between two teeth.
  5. Hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth and move it up and away from the gumline. You want to clean the space between the tooth and gum without pulling more gum tissue away, so it’s vital to scrape up and out of the pocket.
  6. Move the floss around the tooth to clean every surface—especially those that your brush can’t reach. As you use a section of floss, unwind from one hand to access a clean piece. With 18 inches, you should have enough to provide a clean section for every tooth. If you run out, that’s okay. Just toss the used piece and cut a new one.

Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever system you decide on, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.

What if you continue flossing for a few weeks and still see bleeding? Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 to schedule a consultation. Martin Buchheit, DDS, will complete an extensive examination to determine the cause of the bleeding.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, our goal is to help patients preserve healthy teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists not only carry out the most thorough dental cleanings, they also educate patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you have a child who needs extra help learning how to brush and floss correctly, schedule an appointment with our Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS child-friendly team.

Some patients have perfectly healthy teeth and gums but are not satisfied with their smiles due to cosmetic problems. If you want to explore possibilities for improving your smile, speak with us today at 314-837-7744.

We offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth-colored filling replacement. Ask us about oral sedation options if you need help relaxing during dental treatment. You can rely on us to maintain the highest standard of safety and sterility at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS.

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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Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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Hello Florissant! Welcome to the Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS dental blog. Let’s talk about smile redesigns. Some Florissant patients wonder if the term is synonymous with general cosmetic dentistry.

Is the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a beautiful smile.

Generally, however, a complete cosmetic dental smile makeover combines several carefully chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile metamorphosis. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, a tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

I am Dr. Martin Buchheit. I have been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in Florissant, Missouri since 1987. Performing successful cosmetic dental smile makeovers makes my profession extremely fulfilling. Patients who plan to receive a smile makeover should take their time choosing a dentist to perform it. I invite you to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your needs and wishes. During the consultation, I can tell you about my extensive experience and show you before and after pictures of satisfied patients.

When I design a custom smile makeover, I study several elements in addition to the teeth. After all, the teeth are just one component of the patient’s face. The gumline, lips, mouth, facial shape, facial structure, coloring, and patient’s age affect the scope of the design. This comprehensive approach to a smile makeover achieves extraordinary results and sets our practice apart.

If you are interested in learning more about smile makeovers, call us today 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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What Does Your Saliva Reveal?

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Dentists know that a mouth examination can reveal dilemmas in other parts of the patient’s body. Because many diseases manifest in soft tissues of the mouth or cause pain in the jaw, dentists often refer patients to their medical doctor for further diagnosis when they encounter issues such as inflammation, chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or jaw pain.

Healthcare providers may soon have another oral diagnostic tool for detecting systemic diseases—a test that measures the molecules in saliva.

“UCLA researchers are working on a test that could have the ability to diagnose diseases like diabetes and cancer. It’s conceivable that dentists will soon be able to take saliva samples that can be tested for numerous diseases. And if that happens, disease diagnosis will be much simpler for all parties.”1

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, Dr. Martin Buchheit helps patients maintain ideal oral health and brilliant smiles with advanced cosmetic dentistry. We understand how the state of your dental health impacts the rest of your body. You can think of Dr. Buchheit is an indispensable member of your healthcare team who is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.

If you are in need of dental care, we invite you to schedule an examination and cleaning by calling Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. Some of our most popular treatments at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS include dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign. We also do oral cancer screening.

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10711-saliva-test-may-uncover-deadly-diseases

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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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

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It’s a common desire for people to want white teeth. But the majority of men and women have discolored or just plain yellow teeth. Especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers.

Your Genes Make a Difference

As with other physical aspects, there is a genetic component to your oral health. You can thank your parents if your enamel is thick and strong. If it is resistant to tooth decay, you can thank them again. Even more importantly, you can thank them if they taught you to take care of your teeth.

Like complexions, natural tooth shade varies from person to person. Some of us have whiter teeth naturally. But many men and women have stained teeth due to their lifestyle. Dietary behaviors and dental hygiene influence tooth color as well as overall oral health.

Lifestyle Habits That Affect Tooth Color

Did you know that your enamel is like your skin? It contains pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common behaviors that work against you are:

  1. Tobacco and other smokable substances
  2. Sodas and other dark-colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
  3. Not practicing daily oral hygiene
  4. Not having proper dental care

If you want to improve your teeth, the aforementioned practices will consistently work against you.

We prescribe kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. (There are compelling health implications as well.)

Acids Weaken Enamel

Another way these habits cause teeth to yellow is due to acids. A continual onslaught of acidic beverages erodes tooth enamel. This is true whether or not the liquids are dark-colored.

Dentin Isn’t The Best Look For Your Smile

The tooth layer under the enamel is called dentin. Unfortunately, dentin is dark yellow. If you are eroding your enamel, you are making it easier to see the yellow dentin. Dentin is also softer and more prone to decay—which is more harmful than a yellow smile.

Jaw Clenching and Teeth Grinding

Jaw clenching can also weaken enamel and contribute to tooth discoloration. If you clench your jaw repeatedly, you are weakening your enamel. Ditto for teeth grinding. Talk to Dr. Buchheit about treatment for these conditions.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

Professional in-office teeth whitening is the only way to remove the stains caused by the habits listed. This is due to the intrinsic stains that have permeated the enamel.

The Formula For Whiter Teeth

What’s the formula for whiter teeth?

A healthy lifestyle + twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings + professional teeth whitening

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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When Should I Transition My Teen to a General Dentist?

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Pediatric dentists have specialized training to treat infants, young children and teenagers. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, our office is designed for children. We use special dental tools created for smaller mouths. Dr. Buchheit is trained in children’s psychology. We know how to be patient with children with short attention spans. We help children of all ages feel safe and comfortable during dental visits.

When should my child transition from a pediatric dentist to a general dentist?

Some parents transition their son or daughter to a general dentist as soon as all their child’s permanent teeth come in. Other parents have their children see Dr. Buchheit until their late teens.

Some children hit their early teen years and want to go to an “adult” dentist. It’s smart to let your child guide the decision. It’s vital that they feel comfortable at the dentist’s. If your child starts feeling like they are too old to see a pediatric dentist, that’s okay.

We understand the oral health needs of your teenager

Remember that the team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is willing and able to address adolescent dental needs. We are happy to continue treating your teen through their adolescent years. In addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouthguards, and wisdom teeth removal.

What dental issues should I be watching for during adolescence?

Regardless of whether your teen continues to visit our practice for treatment, pay attention to their nutrition needs as they enter their teen years. As children become more independent, they start making more of their own food choices. If you visit any Florissant-area middle school or high school during lunch, you will notice that many Missouri teens drink soda and energy drinks. Many of those teens drank milk during elementary school. Make sure your teen gets enough calcium to keep their teeth strong. Understand that vaping and smoking takes a toll on physical and dental health.

Your dentist is an indispensable member of your healthcare team

Your dentist can help you understand how their diet and lifestyle impact their oral health. If your son or daughter struggles with an eating disorder, a dentist can address any related dental issues. If your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist can monitor their teeth closely during a time when it’s more difficult to keep teeth clean and free of tooth decay

We value our patient relationships and want to treat your son or daughter as long as they feel comfortable at our office. Regardless of when you transition your teen to a general dentist, make sure they continue to see a dentist at least twice a year. Continue to monitor their oral hygiene practices and set a good example. Watch out for destructive habits. Make sure they wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.

The team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS has been serving families in the St. Louis area since 1987. We value the relationships we have developed with our patients and their families. If you are looking for an experienced, caring pediatric dentist in the Florissant area, give us a call to schedule a 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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We Solve Problems To Restore Smiles

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Have you ever been told that your smile is beyond repair? That may not be true. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we perform dental miracles every day. Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:

Tough Problem 1: Insufficient Bone for Dental Implant
Solution: Bone Grafting

As a replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant has many benefits as compared to a dental bridge. However, there must be sufficient bone to support the titanium post (screw) that is surgically implanted.

Many implant patients require some level of bone grafting and the procedure has a high success rate. Disinfected, processed donor bone is inserted at the implant site where the bone needs structural strengthening. The grafting material is in granular form that can be packed into the contours. It stimulates growth, and eventually, the patient’s newly-produced bone replaces the donor bone material.

If you have had another dentist tell you that you don’t have enough bone to place an implant post, talk to Dr. Buchheit. The team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS has performed many bone grafting procedures for dental implant placement.

Tough Problem 2: Severe Tooth Loss
Solution: Full Mouth Restoration

If it feels like your dental issues are beyond repair because you have few or no teeth left, take heart. Regardless of the cause—chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, extreme mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health—there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, attractive smile or give you the brilliant smile you never had. Patients who undergo full mouth reconstruction regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally.

Full mouth restoration is comprised of a combination of dental procedures as required according to the patient’s particular situation. These can include dental implants, implant-supported bridges, orthodontia, crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, and teeth whitening.

By listening carefully, asking the right questions, communicating clearly, and counseling with you, Dr. Buchheit can fully analyze your seemingly impossible dental dilemma and furnish a solution. Call us today 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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What If My Dental Crown Cracks, Comes Loose, or Comes Off?

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Quite often, people get stressed out if their dental crown moves or comes off completely.

This is understandable.

It may have shifted or come off while brushing, flossing, or even simply eating.

If this has happened to you, don’t stress! Here is what to do if your crown comes off.

There are three steps:

1. First things first, find your crown if it has come off entirely. If you think you may have accidentally swallowed it, it’s not the end of the world. This is fairly common. You will need to have a new one made. Whereas the original may be reattached if you find it in your mouth. As long as it’s not broken.

2. The second thing you need to do is call your dentist. If you’re still going to the same dental office that originally put it in, they might put it back free of charge. Especially if you got the crown recently.

If you have moved, or don’t currently have a dentist, give us a call. We’ll reattach it for a reasonable cost.

Remember these two important things:

  • Even if we didn’t administer the crown procedure, we can re-attach it for you.
  • If the crown is broken, we can fabricate a replacement crown in one visit.

3. What if your crown comes off after business hours or on the weekend?

You can glue it back on while waiting for an appointment. This will protect the exposed tooth. Remember, the tooth is not as durable as an uncrowned tooth.

To reattach it, we counsel using denture adhesive. You can find it at a drugstore.

Follow the instructions for use on the adhesive. To make certain it sets, softly bites down on the crown while the adhesive is still wet. Be extra wary while waiting for your appointment. Eat soft foods so you don’t damage the tooth.

 

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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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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