It’s Not About Vanity

St. Charles cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Since 1987, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS has been providing confidence and dignity to our amazing St. Louis and Florissant patients through cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry.

Many Florissant people seem to have it all together with bright eyes and great smiles. We want you to be on the same footing as your friends, colleagues, and customers. Wanting to look your best and feel your best is not about VANITY, it’s about reality in the St. Louis professional community. A dazzling smile creates a favorable first impression and demonstrates polish and attention to detail. These are advantages for Florissant people in every field of work.

Popular ways to achieve such a worthy goal might be found in the services we offer at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant. We offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign as ways to improve your confidence and security. Don’t hesitate to ask us about teeth whitening, veneers, sedation, dental implants or any other questions that might be gnawing at you. We’ve got the answers and Dr. Martin Buchheit can set you up with a dental treatment plan that will make your jaw drop!

No matter your age, 35 to 55 – no matter your location from Chesterfield to Maryland Heights to St. Charles – we invite you to see our friendly staff and take the step toward that impressive smile you deserve.

A phone call away at 314-837-7744. Book a consultation 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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A Maximum Upgrade With Mini Implants

How Mini Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile in 63033Though they are not as well known as standard dental implants, mini implants are being used successfully in the Florissant area to improve smiles.

Like their larger diameter counterparts, mini implants can support a restoration for one or more missing teeth or replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit dramatically from these slip-free dental implants that are anchored securely in the jaw bone.

In some cases, a patient is unable to receive standard full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also mini implant patients who are not able to withstand dental implant surgery due to health issues. These patients are often excellent candidates for the mini version.

The placement of toothpick-size mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if necessary, is commonly very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 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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Smile Makeovers: First Things First

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Hello, I’m Dr. Martin Buchheit of Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. Thanks for visiting my blog. In today’s post, we will focus on something that happens occasionally when a patient requests cosmetic dentistry from their Florissant dentist.

Let me set the stage. The patient comes in for a consultation about a smile makeover. We’ll call him Mr. Jones. The dentist listens carefully as he explains the esthetic problems that he wants to remedy. Mr. Jones wants to fix two chipped teeth, get a dental implant for a tooth that is missing altogether, and whiten his whole smile. He describes what he envisions for his smile after undergoing treatment.

The dentist performs an examination of his entire mouth and takes x-rays. The dentist discovers some additional issues. There are three teeth with moderate decay, one tooth with acute decay, gum disease, an old crown with a crack in it, and severe bone recession at the potential dental implant site where the tooth was extracted ten years ago.

The dentist explains that these issues need to be addressed before the smile transformation is performed. Mr. Jones says that the smile makeover is his first priority and plans to deal with the other problems sometime in the future.

How does the dentist advise Mr. Jones? The dentist will probably explain that the lasting success of a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or tooth whitening is influenced by the condition of the mouth at the time of treatment. There must be a solid, healthy foundation, so to speak, on which to build the smile makeover.

First things first. It makes no sense to attach a veneer to a decayed tooth that may need a root canal. A dental implant may not integrate with the surrounding bone structure if placed at a site where there is bone recession. Tooth whitening will probably not produce favorable results where there is gum disease and exposed tooth roots.

Can Mr. Jones ever have his dream smile? Yes! There are treatments to repair all of the problems mentioned previously. But just like many other things in life, the order of operations is critical.

If you are interested in a smile makeover or simply need a check-up, schedule an appointment by calling 314-837-7744.

I look forward to discussing both your oral health and esthetic concerns.

 

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 Smile Boosters

St. Charles cosmetic dental and tooth implants

Hi, my name is Dr. Martin Buchheit. My dental practice, Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, has been serving the Florissant, Missouri area since 1987. Today in my St. Louis dental blog, I would like to highlight four ways you can improve your smile.

1. Teeth Whitening is quick and non-invasive. External tooth whitening occurs when teeth whitening agents bleach the teeth directly. This can be done in your home or in the office of your dentist.

2. Dental Implants are another common procedure that many Florissant residents seek. A dental implant is secured into the jawbone to replace the roots of a lost tooth. A natural-looking crown is affixed to the implant. Along with improving the appearance and restoring tooth function, the dental implant does double-duty by helping to preserve bone support.

3. Dental Bonding can be done with various materials such as porcelain and composite resins. With recent advances in cosmetic dental services, these materials can more precisely replicate natural tooth structure and natural appearance. This procedure is commonly used to correct chipped or cracked teeth.

4. Periodontal Plastic Surgery is an exceptional solution for gum recession and cosmetic irregularities. You can remove a “gummy smile” or remedy an uneven gum line.

I hope this post has helped you to get better acquainted with some highly effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. A combination of procedures can be used to give Florissant dental patients a complete smile redesign.

To schedule an appointment at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, 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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Let’s Make A Plan

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When you are devoted to reaching a goal, the difference between success and failure often comes down to whether or not you follow a plan. The sporadic effort is seldom effective.

Do you have a goal to improve your smile? Perhaps you have not thought much about your teeth in the past but lately, have noticed problems. These issues can be purely aesthetic such as tooth staining or a pressing risk such as an infection.

Do you have a goal for your smile?

  • Reverse gum disease
  • Whiten your teeth and prevent future staining
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Straighten crowded teeth
  • Repair cracked teeth
  • Prevent tooth loss
  • A complete smile transformation

Here at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we are passionate about customized patient-focused care. This means that we devise a personalized treatment plan for every single patient; after all, each patient is unique. Age, lifestyle, the current state of oral health, overall physical health, and risk factors are all taken into account.

Ready to get started? Schedule a consultation by calling 205-933-0323. Martin Buchheit, DDS will discuss your goals and concerns with you, complete a thorough examination, and explain your options. You will leave with all of your questions answered and a personalized dental treatment plan.

Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS is located at 2149 Charbonier Rd in Florissant, Missouri. Our services include Invisalign, restorative dentistry, dental implants, root canals, and porcelain veneers.

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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Why a Water Flosser Might be a Good Idea

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Today, we’re reviewing the water flosser, also known as interdental cleaner, interdental irrigator, or water jet. The first water-shooting device for cleaning between teeth was developed in the early 1960s by Colorado dentist Dr. Gerald Moyer and John Mattingly, a hydraulics engineer. The instrument is now known by the brand name Waterpik, though many people use the term generically. Since its conception, many other companies have entered the market with similar products. (Note: Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS does not necessarily endorse any specific brand.)

A water irrigation tool oscillates a stream of water through a small, targeted tube to shoot out fragments of food and plaque from around and between teeth. To use it, you insert the tube into your mouth, turn it on, and then lean over the sink with your mouth slightly open to let the water dribble out as you guide the stream of shooting water around the gumline, stopping momentarily at each gap between neighboring teeth.

There have been over 65 studies that have validated the safety and efficacy of water flossing for calculus reduction, plaque biofilm removal, bleeding reduction, inflammation reduction, and gingivitis treatment.

Should I Use a Water Flosser?
If you don’t floss at all, absolutely. If you have gingivitis, maybe. It may also help you keep your teeth and gums healthy if you have dental appliances.

First, speak with Dr. Buchheit to receive an oral care treatment plan that factors in your tooth and gum health, physical dexterity, and lifestyle. The following elements may impact whether or not Dr. Buchheit counsels you to use an interdental irrigation device.

Braces or other orthodontic appliances
A physical limitation that reduces the ability to brush and/or floss
Periodontal disease
Gums that bleed when flossing
Bleeding around dental implants when flossing
Aversion to flossing
Sensitive teeth

The friendly team at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS would love to help you learn the best methods for keeping your gums pink and healthy and firmly attached to cavity-free teeth. To schedule an appointment, call 314-837-7744

Sources:
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, “Interdental Cleansing,” The American Dental Hygienist Association, https://www.adha.org/resources-docs/7123_Waterpik_Irrigation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
Carol A. Jahn, RDH, MS, “The Water Flosser: Your Tool For Optimal Oral Health,” https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/pdf/Waterpik_WaterFlosser_ContinuingEducation.pdf, accessed March 10, 2017
“Water Flossing,” MouthHealthy (ADA), http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/water-flossers, accessed March 10, 2017

 

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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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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Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad…Dentist?

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People that are plagued with dental phobia (Dentophobia) may take comfort in the fact that it is a fairly common diagnosable mental condition. At least they know they are not alone and that the medical community takes it seriously.

Phobias like Pteromerhanophobia: (the fear of flying) and Acrophobibia (the fear of heights) can be problematic, but a person can live a perfectly healthy life without getting on an airplane or riding an elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building.

A person who suffers from dental phobia or dental anxiety is at risk of getting into a vicious cycle of decreasing oral health.

Fear causes the person to forego dental checkups for years. When a minor dental dilemma (like a tiny cavity) progresses until it reaches a nerve and leads to pain, the patient is forced to visit the dentist.

At this point, the needed therapy is a major procedure (possibly an extraction followed by a dental implant). The procedure reinforces the dental phobia and, once again, the patient stays away from the dentist’s office. That’s how some people end up losing teeth at a relatively young age.

Experts believe that the prevalence of dental phobia may be as high as one in four individuals. Are you one of them?

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we want to help nervous patients successfully overcome or at least manage their apprehension so they can withstand twice-yearly checkups and cleanings. Preventive dentistry is the only method to protect teeth and gums.

If you haven’t had a dental checkup in a while, please schedule a consultation. You can meet with Dr. Buchheit about the many options available including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and conscious sedation (sleep dentistry).

If you are afraid of going to the dentist, there is hope. At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, we have successfully treated many patients just like you. We invite you to schedule a consultation 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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How Are Dental Implants Priced?

St. Charles tooth implants cost

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

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid on the internet. Let’s take a moment to discuss 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 create 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 correctly 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 specifics.

 

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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