Your dental implant consultation at our Austin, TX, office will generally consist of a thorough evaluation, x-rays and imaging scans, and a conversation about your goals, potential results, and expectations. Drs. Mike Meek and David Tasch will educate you about your oral health and what type of restoration will best meet your needs. At 38th Street Dental, we take pride in putting patients first and finding the best treatment recommendation for your needs. It is our goal to provide a comfortable, informative environment to provide you with the best possible experience.
What to Expect During a
Dental Implant Consultation
Evaluations and Screenings
Dental implants are considered the gold standard in restorative treatment. In order to provide the best possible care, a detailed consultation will be conducted before planning your treatment. At your initial visit, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will perform a series of examinations and tests to determine which option is right for you.
X-Rays and CT Scans
Radiographs are one of the most useful diagnostic tools available. Computerized tomography (CT) scans are an advanced imaging method which provides additional, detailed information on your health.
As with any surgical procedure, it is vitally important to review the history of your dental and overall health.
In order for implants to be successful, you must have a sufficient amount of dense, healthy bone in the jaw. Taking x-rays and scans of your teeth and surrounding structures will allow your doctor to assess your bone density and thickness, and determine optimal locations for the placement of your dental implants. These tests will also help determine if bone grafting will be necessary to first strengthen any areas.
Review of Medical History
As with any surgical procedure, it is vitally important to review the history of your dental and overall health. This will help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, or if any special precautions should be taken during treatment.
An overall oral assessment will be performed to make sure your teeth are free from decay or other damage that requires restorative care. Your gums will be assessed to make sure you do not have more pressing issues, such as gum disease or recession. Because infection can spread in the mouth, it can also extend to a dental implant, resulting in an abscess or implant failure. Good periodontal health is a necessity before proceeding with dental implant surgery.
Our Patient Results
Customizing Your Treatment Plan
Once it has been determined you are a candidate for dental implants, Drs. Meek and Tasch will design a fully customized treatment plan according to your needs. This will include reviewing before and after images, so that you can visualize what dental implants can do. The number of dental implants necessary will depend on each individual. Some patients only need to replace one missing tooth, while others may need to replace an entire arch. In some cases, bone grafts or sinus lifts may be necessary to prepare you for dental implants. No matter what your specific needs, our team will help determine the best treatment for you. In addition to fully customized care, we offer sedation to help ease anxiety and reduce discomfort.
If your quality of life is suffering due to missing teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch to discuss your treatment options. At 38th Street Dental, we are here to help walk you through your entire treatment process. You can contact us online anytime, or call our office at (512) 458-6222.