If you have one or more missing teeth, Dr. C. Mike Meek or Dr. David J. Tasch can provide dental implants at their Austin, TX, practice. Dental Implants are simply root replacements and the attached prosthetic will restore the appearance and function of your smile. Dental implants are considered the most modern and conservative method to replace missing teeth. In addition to renewing your smile, they can also prevent bone loss and help preserve your bite. At 38th Street Dental, we will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for implant placement. Then Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will attach your custom implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture made from the latest research proven materials.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. 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 and/or bottom teeth. Because implants are supported by the surrounding jawbone, it is essential that you have enough tissue for support. Nevertheless, if you have experienced bone loss, your case can be easily accommodated with gentle grafting procedures provided by our highly trained surgical partners.
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.
Contact Us to Find Out if Implants Are Right for You
With recent advances in dental implant technology, most patients are candidates for this treatment. The only way to know for sure, however, is to schedule a consultation. Contact 38th Street Dental today to learn more about dental implants, receive answers to your questions, and to make an appointment.