At 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, we understand that patients may be considering several options to replace missing teeth. Dr. C. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch believe that patient education is invaluable in helping you find the best solution. As such, we have compiled a list of dental implant FAQs about the procedure and what to expect so that you can make an informed decision. Read on to learn more about how dental implants can restore health, function, and aesthetics to your smile.
Will the entire process be completed in one day?
Your treatment timeline will depend on several factors. Once placed, your new implant will need to fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration before the final restoration can be attached. In most cases, this takes about 16 weeks. Our team can provide a temporary restoration that will be supported by your dental implants on the same day as surgery.
Will my new teeth look natural?
Yes. At 38th Street Dental, we use only the highest-quality restorative materials, such as porcelain, zirconia, and IPS e.max®. Because these options have a naturally reflective appearance, the outcome is incredibly lifelike.
Why choose 38th Street Dental?
We are committed to providing our patients with exceptional modern dentistry in a low-stress environment. Our doctors attend continuing education courses to remain on the cutting edge of dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Meek regularly lectures for Nobel Biocare®, a leading dental implant corporation.
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Anyone who is missing teeth can improve their quality of life with dental implants. Whether you are missing a single tooth, several, or all of your teeth, a custom-made treatment plan can be created to address your specific situation.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Aside from the aesthetic benefits, dental implants restore health and function as well. Because dental implants replace natural tooth roots, they stimulate nerves in the jawbone. This process effectively creates a lifelike, strong foundation and prevents bone recession, which commonly occurs following tooth loss. Dental implants are the superior method available for replacing missing teeth.
Can the dentists restore a dental implant that another doctor has placed?
Yes. Drs. Meek and Tasch will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for the placement of your dental implant. In fact, we often partner with a specialist right next door, for your convenience. Once your recovery period is over, we will fabricate a custom restoration for you here at 38th Street Dental.
What types of dental implants do you restore?
Traditional: Whether you are in need of a single tooth replacement or multiple implants, we can expertly restore them using natural-looking, high quality dental materials.
All-on-4®: For patients needing full-arch replacement, we can restore implants placed in the All-on-4® implant method with a permanent hybrid dental bridge.
How much do dental implants cost?
Because each patient is unique, the cost of treatment will depend on your specific needs. Drs. Meek and Tasch will create a fully personalized plan that will address your dental goals. Our team of financial experts will help you determine a payment plan to fit your budget. We accept most dental insurance plans. We are also proud to offer in-office financing through CareCredit® and LendingClub®. For more information, contact a team member.
Is the procedure painful?
During your procedure, local anesthesia will be administered to numb your teeth and gums so you should experience no discomfort. You may also choose a sedation option for maximum comfort. Post-operatively, slight tenderness is normal. However, most patients report little to no discomfort. We will provide you with appropriate prescription medications and post-operative instructions for a successful recovery.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, schedule a visit with one of our doctors to begin rebuilding your smile. You can call our office at (512) 458-6222 or contact us online anytime.