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Dentures

Think all dentures fit poorly, look fake, and are incapable of restoring much function? We have good news.

38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, designs premium dentures that are comfortable, secure, and look like your natural teeth.

Discover how our dentists can use innovative solutions to transform your life using traditional or implant-supported dentures.

Tooth Loss Is Common So Are Dentures

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According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 23 million Americans have no natural teeth. Roughly 12 million more have no teeth in one of their arches. 


Approximately 15% of all Americans without teeth have dentures made each year, meaning millions of full dentures are created and fitted annually.  

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With more than 20 years of dental experience each, Drs. Meek and Tasch at 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, understand the many factors that go into creating a comfortable and natural-looking smile.

Drs. Meek and Tasch make a point of working closely with each patient to design traditional or implant-supported dentures that restore confidence and peace of mind.

During a consultation, they can carefully assess your situation using our advanced technology and discuss your goals so that they can provide an appropriate recommendation.

Drs. David J. Tasch and Mike Meek

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Ashley Bush

2023

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I was recommended this office by a coworker. 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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Solutions for Missing Teeth That Will Bring a Smile to Your Face

To ensure our patients have many options, 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, offers a variety of solutions for missing teeth, from traditional dentures to the latest in implant-supported dentures.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures, which simply rest on the gums and are removable, are an option when affordability is paramount. They feature artificial teeth set into a base made to look like natural gums. Traditional complete dentures are held in place by suction or with the help of a dental adhesive.

Customization is key to ensuring a snug, comfortable fit. Our dentists will make a precise impression of your mouth, capturing every detail to create a denture that stays reliably in place.

Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of traditional complete dentures is that since they do not stimulate bone growth, they allow the jaw to shrink and change over time. To accommodate these changes, your denture will need to be adjusted, relined, or remade periodically.

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Implant-Supported Denture

Implant-Supported Dentures

In addition to restoring your smile, implant-supported dentures address many of the shortcomings that frustrate denture-wearers. Implant-supported dentures:

  • Are securely attached to your jaw with dental implants, which are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw and prevent your denture from slipping out of position.
  • Maintain your facial features by stimulating bone growth in your jaw. Unlike traditional dentures that accelerate bone loss, implants keep your jaw strong and maintain its original shape.
  • Offer a stronger bite. Implant-supported dentures improve the strength of your bite compared to traditional dentures and allow you to eat many of the foods you've been missing, including crunchy vegetables and savory steaks.
The process of getting implant-supported dentures takes more time than traditional dentures and is more expensive, but patients often decide the health and lifestyle benefits are worth the investment. We invite you to take a closer look at dental implants:

Partial Dentures

Not everyone with missing teeth needs a full denture. 38th Street Dental has solutions for these patients, too. 

In these cases, you have two main options: Partial dentures, which are typically held in place by clips that attach to a nearby tooth, and implant-supported crowns and dental bridges, which securely replace missing teeth and also maintain the strength of your jaw.

Whichever option you choose, Drs. Meek and Tasch will customize each replacement tooth to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth so you can smile confidently.

Partial Denture

Have you suffered bone atrophy? We Offer a Cutting-Edge Solution 

Implant-supported dentures are the most lifelike solution for missing teeth, but if you’ve been missing teeth for a long time, your jaw may have already lost the bone density needed for a traditional implant-supported denture. While bone grafts can help overcome this obstacle, there is another solution that lets patients avoid the added time and expense of bone graft surgery: the All-on-4® implant method for dentures.
The All-on-4 method is a revolutionary option developed by Nobel Biocare for those who have experienced some bone atrophy after tooth loss. The unique benefit of the All-on-4 method is that it can often help these patients avoid the need for bone grafting. This is because the posterior implants are placed at angles to maximize contact with existing bone tissue and achieve the needed support. During a consultation, we can determine if this solution is right for you.

Not Replacing Missing Teeth Can Impact Your Health

Dentures offer major benefits to your appearance, oral function, and self-confidence. They can also prevent negative health outcomes, such as:

Spiraling Problems

Missing teeth increase the likelihood of further, worsening dental issues. Existing teeth naturally shift into gaps created by missing teeth. This causes smile misalignment that may result in difficulty cleaning your teeth, bite issues, tooth grinding, and more. 

Bacterial Spread

Missing teeth can heighten your risk of gum disease and infections. Gum disease can advance to the rest of your body and cause serious heart and respiratory issues. 

Why Patients Love Our Austin Practice

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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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Do You Have a Challenging Case? Our Dentists Are Masters at Innovative Solutions

Our dentists have a mastery of traditional dentures and dental implants that opens the door to innovative solutions for patients in challenging situations.

By combining dentures, bridges, or crowns with dental implants in custom designs, Drs. Mike Meek and David J. Tasch have created natural-looking and secure full-arch solutions that can address your unique needs.

Arch Reconstruction Using Segmental Bridges

Arch Reconstruction Using Segmental Bridges

Snap-On Dentures with Implants

Snap-On Dentures with Implants

Full Arch Reconstruction with Individual Dental Implants

Full Arch Reconstruction with Individual Dental Implants

Insurance & Financing Accepted For Affordable, Accessible Care

Generally speaking, dentures are at least partially covered by insurance. Unfortunately, dental implants are typically not covered. To help patients with any out-of-pocket costs, our team accepts CareCredit®. This third-party financing option breaks dental payments into convenient, low- to no-interest monthly installments. 

Replacing Teeth Replenishes Patients' Confidence

​In 2022, the Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences published the results of a study that evaluated 502 recent denture recipients. Almost 73% of those surveyed said that they experienced improved self-confidence after receiving dentures. To learn more about how dentures can transform your life, call (512) 458-6222 or write to our team. 

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Gwen Retail

2023

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Can’t say enough about this practice … they are definitely top notch!  And pricing is very reasonable as well. Thanks!

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Michelle Steward

2023

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Nice atmosphere and very professional!

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Treatment Timeline for Traditional Dentures

Each of our patients is unique, but in general, you can expect that your timeline will be similar to the one described here. If you are getting implant-supported dentures or bridges, your treatment timeline will be different.
Our Austin practice uses state-of-the-art materials, so your dentures will essentially appear identical to your natural teeth
Our Austin practice uses state-of-the-art materials, so your dentures will essentially appear identical to your natural teeth

Preliminary Treatment

Creating a healthy foundation for your dentures means starting with good oral health. As part of your assessment, our dentists will note any preparatory steps that will be needed before fitting you with dentures. This can include treating issues affecting the gums or performing tooth extractions.

Denture Design

So that your denture has a comfortable fit, the dentist will take a precise impression of your mouth.

Mockup Design

The dentist will create a mockup of your denture for you to try on. You and the dentist will collaborate on the look, feel, and fit, and note any adjustments that need to be made. Once you are satisfied with the result, our trusted local lab will create your denture out of high-quality dental materials, which takes about three weeks. 

Adjustments

When your denture arrives from the lab, our Austin practice will schedule a fitting. The dentist will check the bite and make any modifications. It will take some time to get used to your denture. However, to ensure a comfortable fit, we are happy to make further adjustments to your denture in follow-up visits.

Do You Have a Question?

Determine If You’re a Candidate For Dentures

Ideal candidates for dentures are adults who have experienced significant tooth loss but have sufficient healthy gum tissue and jawbone. If you are missing just one or two teeth, an implant-supported crown or a dental bridge may be a better solution for you. The number of teeth you are missing — or that need to be removed due to decay or other issues — will determine if full dentures or partial dentures are best.

Whether you are looking to replace a few missing teeth or wonder if you qualify for an implant-supported bridge or dentures, reach out to our dental office in Austin, TX, for a consultation. Our dentists will discuss your needs and determine which treatment makes the most sense for you based on your preferences, oral health history, budget, and more.

(512) 458-6222

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Maintaining Your Dentures

Your dentist will review specific aftercare tips based on your personalized treatment. However, there are a few general things to keep in mind when it comes to what you can do to make sure dentures serve your smile and oral health as long as possible:

Brush Daily

You want to clean your dentures like a real tooth. This includes washing them at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush using a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Be sure to clean the gums too.

Rinse After Meals

Remove your dentures and rinse them with water after every meal. To avoid damaging your dentures if they slip, wash them over a bowl of water or a towel.

Soak Overnight

Before you go to sleep, remove your dentures and soak them overnight in water or denture solution. Keeping your prosthetic moist at all times will help it keep its shape.

Schedule and Attend Checkups

Your dentures will naturally require adjustments over time. If your prosthetic slips while you eat or makes a clicking noise, visit our Austin office and we can adjust it. If your dentures are damaged, you should also contact our dental team.

We Offer Denture Repair to Existing Patients

When you turn to our Austin practice for dentures, we'll go above and beyond to make sure your smile, bite, and oral health at large are in good standing, even after we place your prosthetic. We proudly offer denture repair services for existing patients.

If you are a patient of ours and experience any of the following signs that it's time to get your dentures looked at, you can feel confident that we are just one call away from getting your dentures back in excellent condition:

  • Fractures or other physical damage to your prosthetic
  • Difficulty chewing with dentures
  • Jaw soreness, looseness, or discomfort
  • Inflammation, bleeding, or gum irritation
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"Really wonderful dentist" Patients Praise Our Austin Team

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Rodrigo Perea

2022

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I'm in the process of getting and implant (everything's great so far) so I decided to get a cleaning. Best cleaning service I've received. Thank you for being attentive and giving me a painful free service. Very pleased and highly recommend Dr. Tasch's office.

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Andrew Dell'Antonio

2022

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Really wonderful dentist - Dr Tasch has been taking care of my teeth for almost two decades now and he’s compassionate and extremely skilled. Their hygienists are also top notch and their office staff is careful, efficient, and clear. Very highly recommended.

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Dentures Can Help Patients of All Ages

There is a common misconception that dentures are only suitable for older folks. While dentures certainly do change the lives of millions of senior citizens, they are not in any way limited to that age group. If you are suffering from missing teeth, our dentists will do everything in our power to help. 

Only a Few Missing Teeth?  Consider a Dental Bridge

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Our dentists are committed to meeting our patients' needs and goals. If an alternative treatment is better for you than partial or full dentures, we will recommend it. An example of this could be a dental bridge

A dental bridge can replace several consecutive missing teeth. It works by connecting natural-looking artificial teeth to existing teeth on each side of a gap. A dental bridge can greatly enhance your speaking and eating abilities. Like dentures, a dental bridge can be supported by dental implants for maximum stability. 

The team at 38th Street Dental

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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