3 Behind-The-Scenes Dental Advances For Missouri

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St. Charles dental patients who have undergone a smile redesign are probably aware of the latest cosmetic dental procedures popular in the St. Louis area. These include metal-free fillings, porcelain veneers, invisible braces, implant-anchored dentures, and inlay or onlays.

Today’s St. Charles dental post focuses on some nifty dentistry advances that are used behind-the-scenes to benefit St. Charles dentists and dental patients alike.

Realtime digital images help St. Louis dentists more easily spot and treat oral problems including emerging cavities and bone recession. Digital X-Rays require far less radiation exposure and are easier to store and access.

Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used in myriad procedures including crown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, root canals, teeth whitening, oral lesion removal, and treatment of dental decay. Laser procedures are easier on the patient and require shorter healing times.

Computer-aided design (CAD)  and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)  are used for many restorative procedures in St. Charles including in-office inlays or onlays and same-day crowns. St. Louis dentists who offer dental implants can use CAD or CAM technology in every phase of the dental implant procedure. CAD and CAM is used in Missouri dental laboratories to fabricate crowns, bridges, veneers, and ceramic braces.

The future of dentistry is here today. I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit. Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is located at 2149 Charbonier Rd in Florissant. We can be reached at 205-933-0323. Ask us about:

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

314-837-7744

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63031

 

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Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile

Don’t Settle For An Unattractive Smile In Florissant!

No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we have the cosmetic dentistry solutions for your smile issues.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a group of procedures that, individually or collectively, create positive changes to your smile. One procedure, such as teeth whitening, will go along way toward upgrading your smile. Two or more gives you a complete smile makeover.

Cosmetic Procedures

The term “cosmetic dentistry” means different things to different dentists. One practice might call a dental implant cosmetic, while another will consider it restorative.

With that in mind, here are some of the more common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth whitening. Nothing you buy at the store can can compare to teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. The bleaching ingredients may be the same, but professional strength whitening far surpasses anything over-the-counter. You’ll get a dazzling new smile!
  • Porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Made to match existing teeth, they can hide cracks, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Crowns and Bridges. Dental crowns are used to repair damaged teeth by covering them like a cap. This restores them to their natural shape. A dental bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth.
  • Dental implants. Implants are state-of-the-art tooth replacement. Strictly speaking, it’s a titanium post inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth root. A replacement teeth is attached to the post. They look and function like natural teeth.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we use cosmetic dentistry to complement the overall general and dental health of each patient. We also offer treatment for sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us 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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Gap-Tooth Smiles Aren’t Quite As Adorable Anymore

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Have you lost teeth? It’s a lot different than when you lost your baby teeth way back in the day. Unfortunately, these don’t grow back. But with a dental implant from Koch Park Dental in Florissant, it might seem like a missing tooth has.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is permanently placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. Implants can hold a single replacement tooth (a crown), or serve to anchor dentures.

The success of a dental implant hinges on the titanium post attaching to the bone. And this is the real beauty of it: titanium has a unique ability to fuse, or join, with bone. There’s actually a word for this: osteophilic, which means “bone loving.” This property has made titanium the material of choice for dental implants, as well as for artificial joints like knees.

Dental implants have success rate that is greater than ninety percent. The most common reason for an implant to fail is infection. That makes it critical to keep a dental implant clean. Plaque can build up on implant crowns the same way it does on teeth, so it is up to the patient to brush and floss every day, just like with natural teeth.

With dental implants from Koch Park Dental in Florissant, no one has to live with one or more missing teeth. We also have a full range of general dentistry procedures. Call us to schedule 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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Go Back In Time

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So you’ve lost some teeth and now are reluctant to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and take back that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants from Koch Park Dental in Florissant, you can!

For most patients, a dental implant is the ideal replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. They feel so natural that implant recipients forget they ever lost a tooth in the first place.

A dental implant is anchored into the jawbone with a durable metal post. It doesn’t slide around like dentures, and unlike a dental bridge, it protects healthy jawbone and prevents bone recession. After the post is totally enmeshed with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and beautiful crown are firmly attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the treatment at once.

If you’ve lost multiple teeth, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures.

Another way to go back in time is to lighten your teeth to the sparkling color they were when you were a teenager. There are several different types of tooth whitening systems, from same-day procedures to at-home treatments. Again, talk to Dr. Buchheit about your goals and budget.

Have you ever wished your smile looked like it did before you had any tooth decay? (Many of us can’t remember that far back!) Talk to us about tooth-colored fillings. White fillings match your teeth, and significantly improve your smile without crowns.

Perhaps you have chipped a tooth. We have numerous solutions to correct that trouble as well. Talk to us about your goals for your smile.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we look forward to formulating a custom treatment plan to transform your smile. In addition to dental implants, our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call 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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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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This message from Koch Park Dental in Florissant is for people with serious dental issues.

If you have missing spaces in your smile due to decay, injury or any other reason, there is hope. If your existing teeth are stained, decayed, or cracked, there is hope. If your teeth have always been misshapen, or crooked, there is hope. Cosmetic dentistry can fix all of those problems.

If you are missing one or more of your teeth, denteal implants are a state-of-the-art solution. In practical terms, the great thing about implants is that they function like a natural tooth. A titanium post – the actual implant – fuses to the patient’s jaw, and integrates with the bone so well that the body seldom recognizes them as a foreign object. Rejection is rare.

Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find that traditional dentures can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Koch Park Dental in Florissant are the closest thing to getting back a natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation today. We also provide general dentistry, and many other services. Schedule 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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Missing Teeth? 5 Things You Need To Know About Dentures

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Millions of Americans have lost one or more of their natural teeth. By one count, nearly seventy percent of adults have lost at least one. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant we offer several options to those patients interested in tooth replacement.

1. Dentures are not the only choice for missing teeth. Dental implants used alone or in combination with a partial denture is often a preferable option for patients. Whereas a removable appliance replaces only the visible parts of teeth, an implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. This has critical implications. Dental implants can prevent bone recession that typically occurs following tooth extractions. Dental implants can furnish patients the near-normal ability to chew and speak.

2. There is more than one type of denture. Most people are familiar with the removable denture that replaces a complete upper or lower arch. There are also partial dentures that are used for patients who have some remaining teeth. Partial dentures can be fixed in the mouth or detachable.

3. Even if you have worn dentures for a while, you may be a good candidate for implant-anchored dentures. The essential factor is whether you have enough bone to support an implant. Bone grafting can augment natural bone in some patients.

4. Regardless of your tooth replacement configuration—full dentures, partial dentures, or tooth implants—you still need to practice correct oral hygiene. Removable appliances should be cleaned daily.

5. Even if you have no natural teeth left, it’s indispensable that you have twice-yearly dental examination. Optimal oral health is an integral component of overall physical well-being. We will examine your mouth for indications of diseases like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

At Koch Park Dental in Florrisant, we offer conventional dentures and also practice implant dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment with us 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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Extraction Is Not The End Game

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Have you had a tooth extracted? Even if you don’t mind having a gap in your smile, the missing tooth root can cause problems of its own, and you should seriously consider a dental implant from Koch Park Dental in Florissant.

Problems With Extracted Teeth

First off, when a tooth is extracted, the surrounding bone recedes and shrinks. There is no tooth root requiring a blood supply, and the bone reacts accordingly.

People who have had numerous teeth extracted from the upper palette eventually develop a sunken-in look because they have lost a significant portion of their jawbone. It’s not a good look for anyone, because it makes you look a lot older.

Another problem is that the missing tooth may cause the surrounding teeth to shift. The remedy for misplaced teeth may involve months of treatment.

Fortunately, dental implants prevent both of these issues.

The Best Solution For An Extracted Tooth

A dental implant is a permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement that restores your smile while retaining the healthy bone and gum tissue at the tooth site. A stable titanium post is inserted into the jawbone. This is the actual implant. The bone fuses with the post to create a durable, sturdy foundation for the visible part of the restoration.

A piece called an abutment goes on top of the titanium post, and serves as a sort of platform for the final part, the crown.

Dental implants from Koch Park Dental in Florissant can make a huge difference in your life. Call us to learn more. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkkup 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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Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most people are uncomfortable with a missing tooth in the front of their mouth. It isn’t fair, but a gaping hole in a smile has negative connotations for adults in most social circles. At Koch Park Dental in Florrisant, we have a solution.

A person who loses a front tooth usually makes a plan for a dental restoration ASAP. And few dental patients forego a temporary denture while awaiting a permanent restoration.

When a person loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right? I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider the extraction the final step.

This attitude is unfortunate. There can be serious consequences if you’re missing a back tooth.

Bone Recession

Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we don’t often consider its condition. The health of our jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health. When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root (as well as the visible part), it maintains the health of the bone. In so doing, it also protects the bone for the adjacent teeth.

The jawbone is the foundation of the lower face. If it shrinks and recedes, everything that sits on top of it will follow suit. An individual with bone recession will eventually get that “sunken in” look that can make them look a lot older than they really are. A permanent dental implant, unlike a dental bridge, maintains the structure of the face.

Shifting Teeth

Another risk is shifting teeth. If teeth adjacent to the extraction site start moving, it can generate a domino effect. The unopposed tooth on the opposite arch can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption).

In addition to esthetic ramifications, teeth that are displaced in danger of periodontal disease, decay, TMJ pain, or bite problems. There will also be extra stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions—compromising their strength as well.

A Smart Investment In Oral Health (And You’ll Look Better, Too!)

Investing in a dental implant could be far less expensive than treating the dental problems mentioned previously. To find out more about them call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule 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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Are Dental Implants Worth It?

Are Florissant Dental Implants Worth It?Are dental implants from Koch Park Dental in Florissant worth the cost? Absolutely!

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.

The actual implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post meshes with the bone to provide a stable foundation. This is vital, because the root replacement post helps prevent jaw bone deterioration that commonly occurs after a tooth has been lost.

When the implant has meshed securely with the bone (it can take up to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached.

The innovative dental implants available at Koch Park Dental are extremely versatile, and can be used in a variety of configurations. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. A series of implants can replace more than one tooth or anchor a dental bridge. Denture wearers should know that implants can also serve as a sturdy base for partial or full dentures.

To find out more about dental implants, and whether you are a good candidate, call Koch Park Dental in Florissant to set up an appointment. We also treat conditions like sleep apnea, and provide a full range of dental services. Call today!

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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Dental Care For ICU Patients Lowers Infection Risk

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This post from Koch Park Dental in Florsissant MO focuses on an article that appeared on ScienceDaily.com. The article describes a study of Brazilian ICU patients that compared infection rates of those who received enhanced oral care instead of routine oral care. The patients who received the more intense dental care were 56 percent less likely to develop a respiratory infection during their stay.

“Enhanced dental care included teeth brushing, tongue scraping, removal of calculus, atraumatic restorative treatment of caries, tooth extraction and topical application of chlorhexidine corresponding to each patients’ needs four to five times a week. Comparatively, regular treatment consisted of mechanical cleansing using gauze followed by topical application of chlorhexidine three times a day.”1

“Bacteria causing healthcare-associated infections often start in the oral cavity,” said Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, MD, lead author of the study. “This study suggests that having a dentist provide weekly care as part the ICU team may improve outcomes for vulnerable patients in this setting.”1

If a member of your family has serious health concerns, you may want to talk to their doctor about the oral health implications of their condition. In unfortunate cases where one of our patients experiences severe health issues, we are happy to work with their medical team to ensure that their dental health is not compromised. Even some manageable chronic conditions can require more frequent exams and cleanings.

Though this study pertains to ICU patients, it is also a reminder to all of us. Receiving consistent quality dental care and practicing proper daily oral hygiene is essential for everyone. Some patients have an inaccurate view of oral health – they seem to have the notion that it exists autonomously. It is actually interdependent with general physical health.

At Koch Park Dental in Florissant MO, we see ourselves as key members of your healthcare team and are dedicated to your physical, mental, and emotional health. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

1Wanessa T. Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Mayra G. Menegueti, Gilberto G. Gaspar, Edson A. Nicolini, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins, Anibal Basile-Filho, Roberto Martinez, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues. Effectiveness of a Dental Care Intervention in the Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Nosocomial Infections among Intensive Care Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2014; 35 (11): 1342 DOI: 10.1086/678427

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63033

 

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