Dental Implants Specialist

Jefferson Park Smile Corner

Charles F. Lockhart, DDS, MAGD

Dentist located in Jefferson Park, Chicago, IL

If you lose a tooth to extraction, injury, or gum disease, you may be considering your options for replacement. New dental implants give you more freedom and pride in your smile’s appearance. Charles F. Lockhart, DDS, MAGD, offers the most advanced dental replacement technologies for Chicago, Illinois, residents at Jefferson Park Smile Corner. If you need to fill in your tooth gaps, contact the clinic online or over the phone for an appointment.

Dental Implants Q & A

What options do I have for tooth replacement?

If you’re missing teeth, you might be considering your options for replacement. At Jefferson Park Smile Corner, you have three options for tooth replacement:

  • Dental implants: permanent tooth consisting of a crown and prosthetic tooth root
  • Bridge: a fixed mouthpiece that joins artificial teeth in between natural teeth
  • Partial denture: a removable appliance that contains artificial replacement teeth

What are dental implants?

Dental implants consist of a prosthetic tooth root and a crown, and they’re a revolutionary solution for missing teeth. Dr. Lockhart can also use implants to affix bridges and anchor dentures.

What happens during dental implant surgery?

Dr. Lockhart refers you to a periodontist or oral surgeon for the implant surgery. Your surgeon offers several levels of sedation and local anesthesia to help make the procedure as peaceful as possible.

After the medication takes effect, your surgeon makes an incision in the gums and uses dental drills to prepare your bone for the implant. Then, he or she screws the implant into the bone and stitches the wound.

After the implant is in place, it needs several months to heal and fuse to the bone. Dr. Lockhart or your surgeon can provide a temporary prosthetic tooth in the meantime.

Once it’s ready, Dr. Lockhart takes measurements and impressions to prepare your crown. At your next appointment, Dr. Lockhart cements the crown to the top of the implant after assessing fit and color.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

First, dental implants provide aesthetic benefits. They fill in those missing gaps, restoring one of your best features--your smile.

Second, dental implants preserve your jawbone health by preventing deterioration. They also prevent your other teeth from shifting into the empty space.

Third, dental implants provide functional advantages over other replacement options. They look, feel, and work just like natural teeth, so you can chew and speak like normal.

Finally — unlike other replacement options — dental implants offer permanence. Implants don’t need to be replaced or taken out to be cleaned every day.

If you’re considering dental implants, contact Dr. Lockhart online or over the phone for an appointment to discuss the process.