General dentistry includes an array of services that keep our patients’ oral health in check year-round. With preventative care, every patient is prepared to maintain a healthy smile and is our first priority when any issues arise.
There is so much more to general dentistry than cleanings and exams. While those are certainly part of it, we go beyond the basics to care for your oral health completely. Scheduling regular checkups for yourself and your family is important, so we can keep tabs on your teeth, gums, and more. The fight against oral disease is something we’re constantly monitoring for you as you keep up with visits before something goes awry. Below is more you should know about the importance of general dentistry.
When you come into the office for a general exam (recommended every six months), we cover the following: a thorough cleaning, plaque and tartar removal both above and below the gum line, and talking with you about your oral care maintenance, including tips to keep your oral health in tip-top condition. We will also screen for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other issues including TMJ (disorders in the jaw area) or signs that you may be grinding your teeth. We also look for abnormalities that may be a potential sign of oral cancer. This all-inclusive visit is designed to manage your dental and oral care regularly, and we take time with every patient, thoroughly and comprehensively.
Reducing the risk of cavities is essential, and fluoride has shown to do just that. It has been studied and confirmed that treatment with fluoride can reduce cavities by 70% in both adults and children. As an added perk, fluoride also hardens the teeth, making them stronger, something we all benefit from. We apply a varnish over the teeth after they are cleaned. It takes about a minute to do, and we strongly believe it’s worth every second.
Those teeth at the back of your mouth (molars and pre-molars) have lots of pits and grooves not found in the front teeth. To prevent decay from forming, a sealant can be brushed over these back teeth to protect them. Not everyone will require a sealant, so during your exam, Dr. Lockhart will make the call. It’s completely painless and quick to apply.
We take x-rays at some of your exams if you are due for them. We use digital x-rays for reduced radiation and convenient computer imaging.
Dental health is vital to your overall health. Some diseases and conditions can form due to something that started as an infection in the mouth. We can spot these signs early — before it’s too late and you are already ill. Being on top of these matters with regularly scheduled checkups means you are being proactive about your health. If you wait until something is wrong, the prognosis and process will be far worse than if we nipped the issue before it physically bothered you. We can find cavities before your tooth begins to ache. We will remove decay before it ruins your tooth’s structure and bacteria gets into the gums. Our sophisticated high-tech tools can spot signs of suspicious tissue that can save you from oral cancer, and so much more. Just like you visit an internist for your body, your dentist is your go-to professional for your oral care. Our comprehensive care means we take more than your teeth into consideration. As our patients, your overall health is our concern. So much more than just a resulting shiny smile, a full dental exam can be a literal lifesaver.
If your general exam results in the conclusion that you need to see a specialist, we will refer you to the right one. We have long-term relationships with trusted specialists in the area that you can count on, and we will follow up with you throughout your care.
Take your oral care seriously. Waiting for something to strike is a sure way to make matters worse. Come in for your regular cleanings and screenings, and we will make sure to treat you like family. Prevention and detection are the keys to a healthy smile for years to come. Putting off your appointment is putting your health at risk. Our friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere will make your visit as pleasing as possible. We’re here to make you feel comfortable and cared for.
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“Approximately 4:45 p.m., a crown came completely out. I immediately called Dr. Lockhart’s office to see if he was available. He was so 15 minutes later; I walked into his office. I was seen immediately; the tooth was prepped and recemented. Less than a half-hour after the tooth came out, it was back in, and I was on my way to the Pacer game. Great job!”
“I’ve had several teeth extracted, and can say unequivocally this was the easiest one to date. The tooth was out before I knew it, no muss, no fuss.”
“I am never disappointed with Dr. Lockhart’s service. I have been seeing him for my dental care for a few years now and it seems that my dental health has only improved since I began seeing him. I value how straight forward and honest he is with his patients. I would recommend him to everyone!”
“Everyone is professional and so friendly. They take the time to explain the procedures, and make you feel very comfortable in a very relaxed atmosphere. If you don’t like going to a dentist for whatever reason, I suggest you try Dr. Lockhart!”
“At the doctor’s recommendation, an old silver filling was replaced with enamel. This accomplished two things. It provided an opportunity to assess the health of the tooth-as it is a deep and old filling. And secondly it improved the visual of the mouth by having a filling material which blends with the tooth color. Though no further care is needed at this time, it is valuable to know what may be necessary going forward which eliminates the dreaded element of surprise in dental care. Dr. Lockhart and his staff create a comfortable, caring environment which puts the patient at ease while undergoing what might otherwise be an anxiety filled procedure. All aspects of the office visit were professional, efficient and most important of all – painless.”
“Great environment, courteous friendly and professional staff. I look forward to my dental visits because Danelle is welcoming and focused on my dental health and Dr Lockhart is always attentive and clear in his care and explanations.”
“Above and beyond! Our son broke off a tooth on A Tuesday evening. Dr. Lockhart and his staff are not scheduled to be in the office on Wednesdays. We nevertheless called the emergency number he provided first thing Wednesday morning. Dr. Lockhart promptly returned our call and we made arrangements to meet at the office. Dr. Lockhart was very thorough with his examination. He and McKenzie took great care of our son and got him fixed up. Always the highest level of care and customer service. THANK YOU!”
“I highly recommend Lockhart Dentistry to all my friends. After 30 years I finally made the decision to get crowns and braces. In less then 6 months, my treatment is over and I can smile with confidence. Thank you Dr. Lockhart, and your wonderful staff. I truly wonder why I waited so long!”
“Always a great and efficient visit. Extremely caring and have seen amazing progress for not being in a long time!”
“Great dentistry ! Top notch all around.“
“Experience and Tech Savvy. Dr Lockhart has more experience and is more technologically savvy than any dentist I’ve been to in my 54 years.”
“Happy to have found a dentist in my neighborhood for my entire family!”
“Nice place to visit but don’t want to live there. I generally do not like surveys or questionnaires and am only answering this one because I like you.”
“When I think of Lockhart Dentistry, the terms “kindness, promptness, professionalism, and effectiveness” come to mind.”
“Lockhart Dentistry is a step above all others. Great enthusiastic staff that genuinely enjoy their jobs. Ingrid goes out of her way to make sure each visit is enjoyable and she is very thorough in explaining what she is doing throughout my examination. Every appointment I have had has been on schedule, very little time spent waiting in lobby, which is very important to me from a work and family perspective. I like the fact that they have email and text reminders too!!!”
“Best Long Term Dental Care. My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Lockhart for over 20 years. From routine bi-annual cleanings and checkups to implants, crowns and partial bridges that I’ve had through the years; Dr. Lockhart and his team have always provided the very best of care.”
"Highly recommend! I’ve been. With Dr Lockhart 25+ years….since he was at 71st and Shadeland. I had some serious issues that Dr Lockhart and his staff have helped me overcome. I can’t say enough great things about them (I even got my husband to join me there). Thank you so much to Lockhart Dentistry."
Routine 6 month cleaning and check. Have been a patient of Lockhart Dentistry since Doc came to Indianapolis. The entire staff is friendly and caring and works hard to make sure you are comfortable no matter what service is being provided.
"Great place, people are friendly and very nice. Dr. Lockhart always has an alternative or solution to my issues. I love Danielle! I always ask for her to do my cleaning. My teeth always feel extra clean."
Wonderful experience! Very thorough and friendly!
"Dr. Bruce and his staff are amazing, kind, very caring. They take care of you like one of their own!"