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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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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You Can’t Afford Cheap Dental Work

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Have you ever gotten a deal on a used car that turned out to be a lemon? After a couple years of endless repairs, you realized that it ended up costing as much as a new car would have. And after spending all that money, you still have a dud.

The same is true of deficient dental work. You have probably received shiny postcard ads that advertise amazing deals on cosmetic dentistry: porcelain veneers, crowns, white fillings, and dental implants. The prices may be tempting, but be certain you do plenty of research before committing. We aren’t trying to imply that all dental practices that proclaim low procedure prices in their ads deliver unsatisfactory work—we are just cautioning patients not to choose a cosmetic dentist based on price alone. Unlike an automobile, you can’t sell your smile and buy a new one.

We will use porcelain veneers as an example. What can go wrong if you fall victim to substandard porcelain veneers?

The dentist may be inexperienced and make mistakes: improper placement, dissatisfactory color matching, bite complications. The materials may be deficient: unnatural color, prone to breaking, veneers pop off. The lab techs that create the restorations may turn out inferior work: unnatural color, poor fit.

If you are considering a smile redesign, communicate with Dr. Martin Buchheit at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS first.

During your consultation, you will learn about Dr. Buchheit’s years of experience, techniques, specialty training, and the number of procedures performed.  You will learn about the most appropriate materials for the restorations and receive specifics about the dental lab we use. We can also provide references if requested. And, of course, we will discuss how much each service will cost.

We are sure that you will find that our prices are competitive for the exceptional dentistry Dr. Buchheit delivers.

Don’t compromise your smile in an attempt to save some money. You really do get what you pay for.

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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Quality Dental Care: A Responsible Investment

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Preparing to pay for critical dental work can be a daunting undertaking. The good news is that the rate may be far less than you imagined. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

Trying to Compare

Comparing the price of a dental crown for molars versus the price of a dental crown for smaller teeth or versus a root canal or double root canal can be difficult to extract from many dental facilities in and around Florissant, Missouri. Get the current pricing and understand the role insurance will play in the out-of-pocket expense for your dental visit by calling Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS at 314-837-7744 at your convenience. Our cheerful staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Quality

Martin Buchheit, DDS, has been here since 1987. While the cost of professional care can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, Dr. Buchheit works very hard to maintain cost-effective, quality care for our unique community in three ways:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education for staff members.
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to monitor costs.

The Responsible Investment

Take the responsible step for your comfort, health, and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule Invisalign, restorative dentistry, dental implants, root canals, or porcelain veneers. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care is easy and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets worse (and more expensive).

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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Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

Hello Florissant! Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you, I can help. My name is Martin Buchheit and I have been creating whiter, brighter smiles for patients in the Florissant area since 1987 at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS.

Whether your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks such as red wine or coffee, or if smoking has left your teeth brown and dull, my staff and I at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS can lighten your teeth and improve your smile.

Maybe you have injured a tooth causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to a tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is ideal for your teeth.

Your smile the first thing people notice. I will make sure your smile is brilliant and absolutely brilliant!

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS we not only offer tooth whitening to our St. Louis area patients, we also offer cosmetic dentistry.

If you or your family need general dentistry or porcelain veneers we invite you to come in for a dental consultation. We are located at 2149 Charbonier Rd in Florissant, Missouri.

Invest in a white, bright smile! Call Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS in Florissant today at 314-837-7744 or visit http://www.kochparkdental.net/Thanks for visiting my cosmetic dental blog – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS

 

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

314-837-7744tel:314-837-7744

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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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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Our Team Takes Care of Your Child

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, each dental professional on our team helps us operate smoothly and provide a high standard of care. Today’s message will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.

You possibly think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, their knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you might realize.

Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS. They assist Dr. Martin Buchheit during all dental procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.

When a patient arrives for their appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the necessary procedure. Before they are escorted to a chair in one of our comfortable patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.

Whether your child is receiving porcelain veneers, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, our dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.

At Koch Park Dental – Martin L. Buchheit, DDS, infection control is always foremost in our minds. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.

Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take X-rays, and maintain patient records.

They must have an astute eye for detail and an excellent memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.

Our dental assistants help us provide outstanding pediatric dental care.

 

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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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:

dental implants
porcelain veneers
Invisalign
root canals
restorative dentistry

 

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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