Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth and to stabilize dentures or partial dentures. They are permanently affixed to the jaw just like a real tooth’s root. The process leads to a sturdy and secure smile that looks completely natural and allows patients to feel more confident, chew and speak better, and get their smile back in order — or even better than before.
Here at Lockhart Dentistry, we place dental implants for many patients who need one or more teeth replaced. The results are outstanding and our patients are consistently pleased with the process, recovery, and results. Below is more information you should know about dental implants and how we go about the process. Read on and see if dental implants may be right for you.
The process from start to finish will take several months. To start, the implants are placed in the jaw and are left undisturbed for three months. During this time the implants will “fuse to” the jaw. Once this healing period is completed the implants may be used to comfortably support crown(s), bridge, partial or a denture. You will care for implants just like you would care for your own teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Any other specific care needs will be explained by Dr. Lockhart or by a member of his team.
There are certain cases that Dr. Lockhart would refer you to another surgeon for the placement of your dental implants. If this should be the case, Dr. Lockhart would be the “leader” for your case he would simply have that doctor place the implants but he would do the remainder of the treatment. Dr. Lockhart will let you know if he feels it would be in your best interest to collaborate with another doctor for your dental implants.
All-on-four dental implants are an option to replace all your teeth in one or both jaws. With proper planning, the process can be done in a day or two. The way this works is that four implants are placed into the jaw and a temporary set of teeth will be attached so you can leave that very day with replacement teeth. Once the bone has fused with the implants you will come back to have your permanent teeth made and fitted into place. In the meantime, you will be flaunting your new smile and eating with confidence with your temporary teeth. Only one surgery is required, making the all-on-four implants a choice patients can be excited about. While this procedure is a time saver it is not for everyone. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lockhart to determine if this option or another dental implant option is best for you.
Are you interested in dental implants? With the marvels of modern technology and the expertise of Dr. Lockhart or a specialist, your new teeth will be strong, secure, safe, and will look terrific. If you are missing teeth or have teeth that are not healthy or aesthetically pleasing, dental implants can change your smile and your self-confidence. If your teeth are holding you back, it’s time to do something for yourself and make the change that will boost your confidence and allow you to chew and speak with ease.
A consultation with Dr. Lockhart will tell you if you are a good candidate for receiving dental implants. Give us a call at (317) 849-9715.
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“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!”
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“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!
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