Crooked Teeth? Clear Braces in Florissant

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Malocclusion is the dental term for a bad bite: that is, the way your top and bottom teeth come together. At Koch Park Dental in Florissnt, we can correct malocclusion without resorting to unsightly metal braces.

The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of overbites and underbites, but the two arches can be misaligned in other ways. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related issues. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient may have difficulty chewing and speaking, and be susceptible to headaches, hearing problems, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these troubles can get pretty serious. Chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. These issues can also impact a patient’s emotional well-being and ability to do their job.

Malocclusion can be effectively treated with orthodontics. One of the latest advances in orthodontics are clear braces from Invisalign. They look like an athlete’s mouth guard and can be removed at mealtime and when you brush your teeth. Because they are clear, they are not very noticeable when you’re searing them.

Invisalign clear braces are a big step forward in orthodontics. To find out if you are a good candidate for them, call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant to schedule a consultation. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Have Your Teeth Cleaned Lately? Dental Health in Florissant

Florissant Tooth WhiteningAt Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we provide comprehensive  dentistry to all of our patients. Whether you come in for a checkup or a specific procedure, we are committed to providing you with personalized care.

One of the things that we stress is the importance of dental health. Your dental health has a direct impact on your overall health. Many studies show there is a link between gum disease, for example, and serious health issues like heart disease. The nature of that connection is not fully understood.

Nevertheless, you should come into our office every six months for a professional teeth cleaning. Some patients think that they do a good enough job at home: brushing, flossing, and water flossing twice a day, every day.

But even the most rigorous dental health routine can’t prevent plaque from building up on the teeth. Plaque turns into tartar, and it’s important to have it removed. Every six months is a good habit to fall into.

At Koch Park Dental we provide the teeth cleanings that promote good dental health, as part of our general dentistry. We also provide popular cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Schedule an appointment with us today, and we’ll keep you smiling.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Is Grandpa Smiling? Dentures in Florissant

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At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we welcome patients of all ages. We’re pleased to see that older Americans are having fewer cavities than they used to, but concerned that about twenty-five percent of those above sixty-five have lost all their teeth, and need dentures.

Patients who have lost all of their teeth are usually looking for dentures: removable, custom-made replacement teeth. Traditional dentures never feel like natural teeth, of course, and they take some getting used to. But they help to improve your appearance and smile, and to eat and even speak more comfortably.

An increasingly popular option for denture-wearers are All-on-4 dental implants. In this procedure, four titanium posts are surgically implanted into the patient’s jaw, and used to support a set of artificial teeth.

Anyone who has lost all of their teeth and wants to have a permanent, natural-looking set of dentures will benefit from All-on-4 implants. One of the things that patients love most about them is that they can eat whatever they want to, without worry of slippage.

Koch Park Dental in Florissant provides both traditional dentures, and All-on-4 dental implants. Contact our office to find out more. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Nothing To Fear! Root Canals in Florissant

Too many people see a dentist’s office as a painful and scary place. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we dispel that image with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them are going to get tense.

It doesn’t need to be that way. Patients need to get a root canal because of an infected tooth. That tooth is usually giving them pain, sometimes a lot of pain. A root canal is performed to relieve it, and to save the tooth. The procedure itself is painless.

It’s called a “root canal” because we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.

Most root canals are successful, and result in the infected tooth being saved. The only alternative is to have the tooth extracted – so as worrisome as it might be to hear you need a root canal, the alternative is worse.

In addition to root canals, Koch Park Dental in Florissant provides general and cosmetic dentistry. We also treat sleep apnea and snoring. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Porcelain Veneers, A Facelift For Your Teeth?

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Porcelain veneers are an effective and versatile cosmetic dental option. They fit over teeth to improve appearance, and are available from Koch Park Dental in Florissant.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are a fantastic way to repair a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.

Have you ever looked for a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your solution! Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

How many veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to upgrade and the overall condition of your teeth. We can guide you on the most effective strategy.

The thickness, enamel color, alignment, and shape of your teeth affect the result, as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them constructed in the same time at the lab.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to fabricate the veneers to the specific size, shape, color, and quality of translucency.

Many patients wonder if veneers are as durable as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years.

In addition to porcelain veneers, Koch Park Dental in Florissant provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


This Is The Year For A New Smile! Cosmetic Dentistry in Florissant

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If you are not familiar with the latest dental advances, you might not realize what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we can make positive changes to your teeth and smile.

Even a small enhancement can make a big difference in your smile, and a big difference in your smile can improve your self-confidence. One such small step available with cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening.

There are a lot of whitening products available at the grocery store, and they can have a positive effect on the whiteness of your teeth. But they cannot match the results you’ll get from professional teeth whitening.

All teeth whitening products involve bleaching, and professional-grade products are much stronger than any over-the-counter toothpastes, gels, or strips. We provide our patients with take-home whitening. First we make special trays that are custom-fitted to your bite. A whitening gel goes into the trays, and you wear them overnight for a few weeks. The result is a dazzling white smile.

We also offer another popular procedure, porcelain veneers. These are thin shells that are attached to the front of your teeth. They can mask many imperfections, from gaps to chips to yellow teeth.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures for improving your smile. To find out more, contact us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant. We also provide general dentistry.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth? Root Canal Risks

Sinus Pain Or Abscessed Tooth?

Your maxillary sinuses are very close to your top teeth. In some areas, only a sliver of tissue separates the upper tooth roots from the bottom of the sinus cavity. It’s no wonder that when there is pain in that area, the location can be hard to pinpoint. It could be an abscessed tooth needing a root canal.

Swollen sinus tissues can actually move the teeth slightly, changing the bite. The reverse scenario can also occur. The infection surrounding an abscessed tooth can easily travel to the sinus cavity.

An abscess is an infected pocket of pus in a tooth and/or the surrounding bone and tissue. The most common type of oral abscess initiates in the pulp of the tooth and is typically caused by cavities. When an abscess is small, it may go unnoticed but it will eventually bring about pain.

An abscess can damage a tooth until it is beyond saving. If it’s caught in time, it can be treated with a root canal. A root canal involves removing bacteria from the empty canals in the tooth. Then it is cleaned, filled, and sealed. After a little time passes and we’re sure the root canal was successful, we’ll place a dental crown or some other restoration on top of the tooth.

You have several sinus cavities, and pain can emanate from any or all of them, so if you have an infection in more than one sinus cavity, you may have pain behind the nose and eyes. As mentioned previously, it’s possible to be in a world of hurt with both troubles—an abscessed tooth and a sinus infection.

If you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, don’t put it off. Call us at Koch Park Dental in Florissant and schedule an appointment. We’ll determine the cause of your paint and take the appropriate steps. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Tooth Pain in Chesterfield MO? It May Be a Cavity

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Teeth need a lot of tender, loving care. Even when we do our best to brush and floss daily, bacteria can sneak in and cause cavities. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant and Chesterfield MO, we’ve been filling cavities for years. If you’re experiencing any tooth pain, we would be happy to take care of you.

Cavities are another word for tooth decay. Few people go their entire lives without getting at least one. Unfortunately for some children, a cavity is the first health problem they go through in childhood.

Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque. Plaque clings to your teeth, and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth, which is often accompanied by pain.

Because of how quick and effective dental fillings are, they are one of the best options to correct a cavity. At Koch Park Dental, we examine the size and severity of the cavity and then ascertain exactly what type of filling is needed. We offer white fillings that are as durable as old-school metal fillings and match your teeth precisely.

A filling isn’t a “set it and forget it” treatment. A tooth with a filling still needs to be properly cared for, because cavities can occur in the surrounding tooth structure if bacteria is allowed to flourish. The good new is that, when properly cared for, a filling can last for decades!

Checkups are an important part of caring for your teeth, and there’s no better place to go than Koch Park Dental in Florissant and Chesterfield MO. We have comfortable, state-of-the-art offices and a friendly, professional staff, and practice general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Don’t ignore your tooth pain. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Dental Health in Florissant With Koch Park Dental

tooth decay pictures at http://www.kochparkdental.net/ At Koch Park Dental in Florissant and Chesterfield, we believe in preventive dental health care. That’s because there is an undeniable link between your general health and your dental health.

Preventive dentistry involves a multi-faceted approach to maintain optimum dental health. Twice-yearly exams reveal early problems before they progress. Deep cleanings prevent a multitude of serious dental issues.

Oral bacteria and inflammation may be associated with heart disease, premature birth, and other serious issues. But oral health cannot be maintained solely in our office. Daily brushing and flossing is essential. A healthy diet is also necessary, and will deliver benefits to your whole body – not just your teeth.

Remember, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. If you think you may have a cavity or gum disease, call Koch Park Dental in Florissant or Chesterfield before it gets worse. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. We can treat your current problems and restore your dental health.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033

 


Dental Health Questions in St. Louis? We Have Answers

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Everyone should want to take care of their teeth. However, many of us in St. Louis need a place to review basic principles of dental health and get unbiased information about modern dentistry.

The Koch Park Dental blog is an excellent source of valuable oral care information.

Many of our patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why this website provides information on such issues as:

Cosmetic Dentistry
Restorative Dentistry
Clear Braces
Gum Disease
Dentures
Dental Implants

We hope that this information will help you make informed decisions about your dental health in the greater St. Louis area, and any general dentistry procedures you may be considering. Call Koch Park Dental to learn more, or to schedule an appointment.

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

314-254-8458

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

2149 Charbonier Rd
Florissant, Missouri
63033