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Dental Implants

Are you looking for a high-quality and long-lasting solution for missing teeth? 

Dental implants provide the natural-looking and attractive smile that can restore your confidence and let you start enjoying life again.

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, uses high-tech tools and high-end materials to create the stunning smiles our patients deserve.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone, where it mimics a natural tooth root. Dr. C. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch at 38th Street Dental in Austin use dental implants from Nobel Biocare®, a leader in the development of implants. For a full tooth restoration, you will need a dental implant, a connector piece called an abutment, and a crown, bridge, or denture to replace the visible portion of your missing teeth. Implants can be used alone or in groups to support a variety of restorations that look like your natural teeth. 

How Many Teeth Are You Missing? We Have a Custom Solution

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Missing One Tooth?

When a single tooth is missing, one dental implant can be used to hold a crown (artificial tooth), which will beautifully restore your smile and give you a strong, functioning bite. 

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Missing a Row of Teeth?

If you are missing a row of teeth, a bridge supported by implants instead of natural teeth is an ideal solution. By using implants, you can avoid altering healthy teeth to restore your smile.

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Missing All Teeth? 

Dental implants can securely hold an entire denture in place. These dentures will never slip out of place and the dental implants can help stop deterioration of the jawbone. 

Fill the Gaps in Your Smile with Dental Implants

If you have a single missing tooth, your dentist will typically recommend a dental implant to restore your smile. This option is more conservative than a traditional dental bridge. 38th Street Dental has helped many patients rebuild their smiles and improve their quality of life through implants.

We Utilize Sophisticated Dental Imaging For Superior Results

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3D computed tomography (CT) scanning technology provides your dentist with images of your teeth, soft tissues, and nerves in one scan. Granting us substantially more detailed imagery than a typical X-ray, this resource helps pave the way for safe, effective pre-surgical treatment planning and precise implant placement.

With us, you can feel confident that our state-of-the-art treatment planning technology helps cut down on surgery time and can reduce post-operative pain and swelling. From the moment you visit us for a dental implant consultation, we take every measure to ensure the success of your procedure and your comfort every step of the way.

Do You Lack the Bone Density Needed for Dental Implants? All-on-4 Dentures May Be a Solution

If you have been told you lack the bone density needed to support dental implants, you may qualify for an implant-supported denture using the All-on-4® method. By strategically placing the dental implants, this advanced technique can hold a denture on just four implants. This option not only allows many patients to skip bone grafting in order to receive implants, but also makes it possible to begin wearing an implant-supported denture immediately after implant placement.

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See What's Possible At 38th Street Dental

Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch at 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, use the finest dental materials to create lifelike restorations that bring a smile to their patients' faces. Since 1997, our dentists have excelled at solving the problems patients bring to them, from needing full dentures to replacing lost front teeth.

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Are You Ready to Start Smiling Again? Ask Us for a Dentistry Consultation

Drs. Meek and Tasch at 38th Street Dental combine high-tech services with personalized care to bring the best in dental implant and restorative dentistry to Austin. Your consultation typically consists of a thorough evaluation with digital x-rays and cone-beam imaging scans so we have a complete understanding of your needs and the restorative solutions that will serve you best.

We will carefully explain your options so you can make an educated choice about your dental health. Email us with any questions or contact us by phone:

(512) 458-6222

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Always a five-star.  I've been seeing Dr. Meek for years and he, as well as his office staff, are excellent.

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Changing Lives for the Better

We Specialize in Implant Dentistry

Drs. Meek and Tasch at 38th Street Dental in Austin are experienced dentists with advanced training in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Dr. Meeks is an educator for Nobel Biocare®, a leader in implant dentistry, and presents lectures on implant dentistry to dental professionals across the nation. 

We Use the Latest and Best Technology

38th Street Dental is equipped with the latest and best technology to ensure beautiful and long-lasting results. As an added measure of precision, we use a 3-D printer to design custom surgical guides for ideal implant placement, a step that also reduces discomfort and speeds recovery. 

Your Comfort Comes First

Patients come first at 38th Street Dental. Each member of our team was carefully selected to ensure patient comfort from the moment you walk through the door. If dental treatment makes you anxious, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation so that you can relax and comfortably receive the treatment you need for optimum oral health. 

We Offer Flexible Financing

38th Street Dental in Austin offers flexible financing through CareCredit® and Lending Club so people don't have to wait for the healthcare they need. 
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Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you’re considering dental implants, here’s what you should know about ideal candidates for the procedure:

Good Periodontal Health

Patients who suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease are unlikely to be ideal candidates. If you have a gum infection, your dentist can provide treatment to ensure these issues are resolved.

Sufficient Bone Density

Patients need enough bone density to support and protect the implants. If insufficient jawbone density is keeping you from being able to get an implant, your dentist may first recommend procedures designed to strengthen your jaw.

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 I have to say that the entire office staff is very friendly and professional and that the phrase “I hate to go to the dentist” doesn’t apply here.

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Everyone at 38th Street is so professional and kind. They always listen to my concerns, and give me the BEST treatment plan, that I can afford.

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See the Dental Implant Process

A dental implant-supported restoration replaces the entire tooth structure from root to crown. Made of biocompatible titanium, a dental implant bonds with the bone tissue in your jaw for unmatched stability. Dental implant treatment from 38th Street Dental takes approximately five months from start to finish and provides the next best thing to real teeth.

Dental Implants Treatment Timeline

The dentists at 38th Street Dental in Austin collaborate with specialists at important milestones during treatment to ensure optimum care. While every case is unique, the timeline for dental implants generally follows these steps:  
Are you concerned about dental implant surgery? We offer sedation services so you can stay relaxed throughout treatment.
Are you concerned about dental implant surgery? We offer sedation services so you can stay relaxed throughout treatment.


We will discuss your goals and go over any health issues to determine if you would be a good candidate for dental implants. We use digital x-rays and 3-D cone-beam scanners to assess the health of your jaw and determine the safest, most stable location for your implants. 

Preparatory Treatments

Some people need preparatory treatments to create a healthy foundation for dental implants. This can include treatment for gum disease or bone grafting to increase bone density in the jaw. 

Implant Design

We work with trusted oral surgeons for the implant design step. Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch and the oral surgeon will carefully plan the precise locations for your implants prior to surgery. In many cases, we will use virtual surgery software to “perform the surgery before your surgery.” We also use a 3-D printer to create a custom surgical guide for your procedure.

Implant Placement

We will use x-rays, 3-D printed surgical guides, and computerized tomography (CT) scans to ensure the most accurate, safe, and predictable placement possible. Your comfort will be maintained with the use of local anesthesia and, if needed, sedation.


This is the healing period when the bone fuses with the titanium implant. The osseointegration period varies from person to person but generally takes from four to six months. If teeth are being restored in visible areas of your mouth, we can usually attach fixed, temporary restorations to avoid gaps in your smile. 

Abutment Placement

Once the dental implants have fused with the bone, the abutments will be attached during a minor surgery, which is typically followed by a two-week healing period. 


After the abutment healing period, we will take impressions of the treatment area and design your restoration, which will be sent to a trusted lab for fabrication. 

Restoration Placement

The restoration will be placed in your mouth to assess its fit and your bite. Once you and the dentist approve the restoration, it will be attached to the implants and you can start smiling again. 

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The Stunning Results of Dental Implant Placement

This patient's front tooth was fractured due to an old root canal treatment. Our dentists coordinated the placement of an implant to hold a dental crown that seamlessly blends with the patient's smile. It is important to note this patient never went without a front tooth and was given a temporary restoration while the implant healed. 

Are You Ready To Transform Your Smile? Contact Our Austin Practice

Why continue to suffer with the burden of missing teeth? Dental implants can improve your smile's look, health, and function. In less than a year, you can restore your oral health and protect your teeth and jaw from further damage. 

Don't wait for your missing tooth to cause more problems. Contact our Austin, TX, practice today to request your dental implant consultation

(512) 458-6222

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Maintaining Your Results

Once your dental crown, bridge, or denture has been secured, you should maintain your oral health by:

  • Brushing twice daily
  • Flossing once daily
  • Maintaining routine dental cleanings

While your restoration may need to be replaced after about 10 years, your dental implant can last a lifetime. Good oral hygiene habits can extend the life of your new restoration and keep your remaining natural teeth healthy. 

Dental Implant FAQs

How Painful is Getting a Dental Implant?

You may feel some pressure but should not feel any pain during the procedure. You may feel pain and discomfort in the first three to five days following your surgery. Any pain or swelling can be managed with over-the-counter medication. 

Can Dental Implants Decay?

No. Dental implants are made of titanium and are not susceptible to bacteria like your natural teeth. However, good oral hygiene habits should still be maintained to protect your surrounding teeth and the foundation of your smile.

When Is it Too Late To Get an Implant After a Tooth Extraction?

It is never too late! The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely you are to prevent oral health issues like jawbone atrophy, but it is never too late to place an implant after a tooth has been extracted and a healthy smile foundation has been confirmed. If oral health issues are affecting your candidacy, we can address them. 

What Is the Success Rate of Implants?

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, dental implants have a 95 percent success rate. The likelihood of your implants failing decreases when you trust your care to the experienced and skilled dentists at our Austin, TX, practice.

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Dr. Meek , Melissa and Patti along with the entire 38th St. team are just amazing...The time and care they've taken to find me a solution is amazing. Go see Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch. You won't regret it.

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38th Street Dental

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, utilizes the latest proven technology to provide you personalized dental care. Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch are members of local and national dental associations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

To schedule an appointment, call us at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online today!

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