38th Street Dental

Dental Implants

Losing teeth can have a major impact on the health, function, and appearance of your smile, leaving you uncomfortable and embarrassed.

At 38th Street Dental, our doctors can coordinate your dental implants treatment to rebuild your smile and restore your confidence.

Why are dental implants recognized as the very best way to replace teeth?

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Dental Implants Offer Unrivaled Longevity and Stability

Designed to Last

When correctly placed and cared for, dental implants can last up to 40 years or more. While your restoration may need to be replaced, the implants themselves can provide benefits for a lifetime.

Improved Bone Health

After tooth loss, the jaw can begin to shrink, causing oral health issues and giving your face an aged appearance. Implants are the only treatment that stops bone resorption and maintains the health of your jaw.

Restored Confidence

With an implant-supported restoration from our team at 38th Street Dental, you can feel secure about the strength and stability of your smile. Dental implants can allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods and activities with confidence.

How does implant treatment work?

Dental Implants Have an Impressive Success Rate

Are dental implants right for you?

Most Patients Who Are  Missing Teeth Qualify for Implants

Advancements in technique and technology have opened up candidacy for dental implants to virtually anyone. Thanks to modern placement methods, such as the All-on-4® system, these restorations can even support a full denture to replace all of your top or bottom teeth, or both. Dr. C. Mike Meek or Dr. David J. Tasch can assess your candidacy during an appointment at our practice.

What Can Disqualify a Candidate?

Unfortunately, there are certain medical conditions that can undermine the potential success of implants, including:

If any of these conditions apply to you, our doctors may recommend an alternative treatment, such as dentures or dental bridges.

Other Considerations

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Overall Health

In order to undergo oral surgery, you should be in good overall health and prepared to discuss your full medical history with our doctors. While preexisting conditions such as diabetes can restrict eligibility, certain patients can potentially enjoy the same level of success as patients without diabetes

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Although trauma or necessary extraction can leave children without teeth, kids are rarely good candidates for implants because of their still-developing jawbones. There is rarely an age restriction for older adults. Geriatric patients with good overall health can enjoy function, comfort, and an overall improved quality of life following dental implant treatment.

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Addressing Bone Loss

Implants need a minimum amount of tissue to anchor restorations, so bone loss traditionally disqualified patients from treatment. However, by coordinating a bone graft or a sinus lift with trusted oral surgeons, our doctors can help restore your candidacy. All-on-4 implants can even help some patients avoid preparatory procedures altogether.

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Committed to Hygiene

After surgery, it is important to maintain your oral hygiene and schedule regular checkups. Certain oral health conditions can increase your risk of gum disease or implant failure and regular examinations can help identify potential concerns before the onset of more serious symptoms.

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Because dental implants are placed via an invasive procedure, patients must be in overall good health to qualify for treatment. 

Dental Implant Surgery and Restoration

If we determine that you are a good candidate for treatment, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will refer you to one of our specialist surgical partners. Often, you will visit the surgeon right next door, and we can provide same-day implants in many cases. Your specialist will perform a precise procedure to gently place your dental implant or "root replacement". Your doctor will use x-rays, 3D Printed surgical guides, and computerized tomography (CT) scans to ensure the most accurate placement possible. This will ensure the safest and most predictable outcome.

In contrast to the minimal risks of dental implants, the restorations have a number of important benefits.

Typically, initial healing from the implant placement is over in a few days with most patients returning to work the day after surgery. During the healing process, the implants will integrate with the nearby tissues, becoming permanent fixtures in your mouth over the next four months. When this process, called osseointegration, is complete, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will restore the dental implant with a custom-made abutment, crown, bridge, or denture. Dr. Meek can explain the entire dental implant timeline during your consultation

Collaborating with your surgeon, we can often provide same-day teeth for your dental implants.

We are extensively trained in the technique of placing teeth on implants day of surgery and are proud of the fact that our patients do not have to face removable temporary options or have to go without teeth.

Although temporary, it will still be much more secure than a removable short-term restoration. Then, after you have made a complete recovery, your dentist will custom fabricate your permanent prosthetic or new crown once osseointegration is complete at 16 weeks.

Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants pose very few risks. Of course, with any surgery, there are always chances of minor complications. To help minimize these risks, Dr. Meek and Dr. Tasch work with surgical specialist (oral surgeons and periodontists) to ensure the best possible experience for our patients.

In contrast to the minimal risks of dental implants, the restorations have a number of important benefits. First, they will be permanently anchored in your mouth. Therefore, your restoration will never slip out of place. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods, and you can speak and smile without worry. Second, your implant-supported restoration will typically look more realistic than a removable prosthetic. It will sit right against your gums, and there will not be any metal clips or attachment pieces to keep it connected to your nearby teeth. Finally, the implants themselves can protect and enhance your oral health. Like the dental roots that they replace, they will send restorative signals to your jaw to prevent bone loss. In turn, they can protect your appearance and reduce your risk for further tooth loss.

Our Patient Results

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Before A patient with fractured front teeth resulting from an accident.
Repaired front teeth after treatment with dental implants
After With dental implants, his teeth were replaced from root to crown.

Calculating Dental Implant Cost Based on Your One-of-a-Kind Treatment Plan

As with all our treatments at 38th Street Dental, dental implants are completely customized. Therefore, the cost of your treatment could vary significantly. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will explain the various factors affecting dental implant cost. These considerations include preparatory treatments, the number of dental implants, and the scope of your restorative needs. Implants will cost more than other types of restorations. However, they also offer a number of advantages over traditional prosthetics. We will work hard to keep our treatment as affordable as possible while still using effective technology with well researched and proven materials.

Implants Are an Invaluable Investment in Your Smile

When you are considering the cost of dental implants, it is important to remember that, with proper care, have the best long-term prognosis of any dental restoration in the market. By replacing your tooth roots, dental implants will also send regenerative signals to your jaw. Therefore, like your natural roots, they will prevent bone loss. In this way, the posts will protect your appearance and remaining teeth. Additionally, because your jaw will not change shape, your implant-supported restoration will continue to fit as comfortably and securely as it did the day you got it.

Because of these benefits, implants may save you a large amount of money over time. If you receive a traditional restoration, you will eventually need to replace it. Plus, with removable dentures, you will need to have them relined and readjusted to accommodate your changing facial structure.

Calculating the Cost of Your Treatment

The total cost of your dental implants will depend on your unique treatment plan. When providing your estimate, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will take several different factors into account:

  • Prerequisite procedures: If you have suffered bone loss, you may require a bone graft or sinus lift before you can receive implants. These additional surgeries are priced separately.
  • Sedation: At 38th Street Dental, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide typically costs less, but oral conscious sedation will help you to relax more deeply.
  • Number of implants: Implants are priced separately. Therefore, your costs will be higher if you receive multiple posts.
  • Type of restoration: A full denture will cost more than a smaller restoration, such as a crown. We also offer several restorative materials. More advanced options may cost more, but they will typically provide a more realistic appearance.

Benefits of Dental Implants

In addition to their durability, implants have several other advantages over traditional restorations.

  • Improved oral function: Your implant-supported prosthetic will never slip or wiggle around in your mouth. Therefore, you can enjoy a diverse, varied diet.
  • Realistic appearance: With implants, you will not have a plastic base or metal attachment pieces. Rather, your restoration will sit right against your gums, and it will be virtually identical to your natural teeth.
  • Convenience: Implant-supported restorations are very easy to care for. You will simply need to clean them as you would your natural teeth.

Because of these benefits, most implant patients are very happy with their investment.

38th Street Dental

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Dr. Mike Meek (left) and Dr. David Tasch (right)

Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David Tasch are high-tech dentists who provide comprehensive dental solutions and personalized care. Our team at 38th Street Dental has been serving the community since 1997. We are proud to be affiliated with:

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

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (512) 458-6222 today.

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