Dental Implants Austin, TX

Are you looking for a high-quality and long-lasting solution for missing teeth? 
Dental implants provide a 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. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch at our Austin, TX, dental office use 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.

Fill the Gaps in Your Smile with Dental Implants

If you have a single missing tooth, your dentist will typically recommend a dental implant and crown to restore your smile. This option is more conservative than a traditional dental bridge, which requires filing down the teeth on each side of the tooth gap. We have helped many patients rebuild their smiles and improve their quality of life through implants.

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. 

See What's Possible At 38th Street Dental

Drs. Meek and Tasch 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 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:

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Ashley Bush

2023

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From the front office staff to the hygienists to my dentist I felt a very warm welcome!...The whole experience was pain free and all of my questions were answered. If you have dentist anxiety this is the place for you, trust me! :)

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Barbara White

2023

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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

Our experienced dentists have advanced training in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Dr. Meek is an educator for Nobel Biocare, a leader in implant dentistry, and presents lectures on implant dentistry to dental professionals across the nation. 

Your Comfort Comes First

At our practice, patients come first. 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 Use the Latest and Best Technology

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

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.

Making Care Comfortable With Sedation

If you've had poor experiences with dentists in the past, you can rest assured that we'll go above and beyond to change how you feel about dental care. Patients who need extra help relaxing throughout treatment can benefit from oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide sedation.

Oral conscious sedation is a pill patients take before their surgery to keep them relaxed throughout treatment. Nitrous oxide is a gas that's administered through a nose mask that helps minimize pain and anxiety. While oral conscious sedation will require that someone drive you to and from your appointment, nitrous oxide wears off quickly so you can drive yourself.

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We Offer Flexible Financing

Worried about the cost of your dental implants? Our Austin practice accepts flexible financing through CareCredit® and LendingClub so people don't have to wait for the healthcare they need.
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Don't Put Off Care Any Longer Give Us a Call

If you're ready to reap the benefits of dental implants and restorations, we want to hear from you. Our team will be transparent about the cost of treatment and work with you to place the cost of your dental implants comfortably in your budget. Get started by reaching out to our Austin dentists.

An Honest and Upfront Team

"Just a wonderful place. Dental care usually scares me but 38th Street Dental is a nice and friendly place with staff that works hard in being open and honest about dental care. They are upfront about the cost and try to work with you. I highly recommend them." Tomas Rodriguez

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 an infection, your dentist can provide gum disease treatment to ensure these issues are resolved.

Good Overall Health

Dental implant placement is a surgery, so patients must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Our dentists will review your medical and dental histories during your consultation to determine if you can move forward with treatment.

Sufficient Bone Density

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

A Deep Dive Into Preparatory Procedures Your Options for Improving Candidacy

If you're not a candidate for traditional dental implants, our Austin dentists may be able to restore your candidacy with preparatory procedures like:

Tooth Extraction

Decayed and otherwise unhealthy teeth that can't be saved with a root canal procedure must be extracted. Our Austin dentists can perform gentle extraction and may be able to extract your tooth and place an implant in the same procedure, streamlining your care.

Bone Grafting

Jawbone atrophy occurs just months after losing a tooth. If your jawbone has atrophied as a result of tooth loss, bone grafting may be necessary before you can undergo implant placement. Our team can use synthetic material or bone from a donor site to add density to your jawbone.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease causes sensitivity, loose teeth, and tooth loss. If you have gum disease, our team can perform a scaling and root planing treatment to remove plaque from above and below the gumline, improving your overall oral health and saving your existing teeth.

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 and you aren't a candidate for bone grafting, 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 to receive implants, but also makes it possible to begin wearing an implant-supported denture immediately after implant placement.

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Francisco Rodriguez

2023

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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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M. Manley

2023

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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 at our practice takes approximately five months from start to finish and provides the next best thing to real teeth.

Dental Implants Treatment Timeline

Our Austin dentists 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.

Consultation

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 3D 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 3D printer to create a custom surgical guide for your procedure.

Implant Placement

We will use X-rays, 3D-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.

Osseointegration

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. 

Impressions

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. We use a lab in the Dallas metro area where the lab owner personally handles custom cases.

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

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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2023

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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 FAQ

How painful is getting a dental implant?

You may feel some pressure but should not feel any pain during the procedure. You may feel some pain and discomfort in the first three to five days following your surgery. Any pain or swelling can be managed with cool compresses and 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. However, 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% success rate. The likelihood of your implants failing decreases when you trust your care to the experienced and skilled dentists at our Austin, TX, office.

Making Austin Smile

"They’re the best. I have had such bad experiences with dentistry for a variety of reasons at other places. But at 38th St Dental Im always happy with how expert, respectful the team is. Above all, every single person is professional, and focused on high quality. I always leave happy and confident with a super treatment and being treated super to boot. Can’t believe I’m saying it but I’m not scared of the dentist anymore thanks to y’all!!" Andrew Johnston
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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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