in Waco, TX
Beautiful Smiles For A Lifetime
At the Waco practice of Dr. Locke, we utilize dental implants as the healthy, permanent solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is a small, titanium anchor surgically inserted into the jawbone. The anchor serves as a tooth root, to which Dr. Locke will attach a custom crown, bridge, or denture. Over time, the jawbone binds to the titanium in a process called osseointegration. Titanium has been used for years in the medical field for procedures such as replacement hips and joints. The body accepts the implant as a natural part of the anatomy, so the dental implant can potentially serve you for a lifetime.
The dental implant procedure:
Dental implant therapy can be completed in two phases at Waco implant dentist Dr. Corbet Locke’s dental office. First, a titanium anchor is placed. The surgery is considered minor, but patients will need to be in good overall health. The average healing time is about three months, although it varies from patient to patient. During this time, the osseointegration process will occur. Until then, Dr. Locke can provide you with a temporary restoration to wear so that you will never be without functioning teeth. Dr. Locke will place your final crown, bridge, or denture once the implant has stabilized.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
After a thorough exam, including X-rays, at Dr. Locke’s Waco dental office, Dr. Locke can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. The titanium anchors require adequate bone density for placement, although bone-grafting procedures can sometimes enable a patient to receive dental implants. Dr. Locke will also need to examine your medical history and healthy habits because some illnesses and health conditions can reduce the chances of implant success.
See What Patients Are Saying About Corbet Locke DDS
“I came in to see the dentist and had no pain. I needed a bridge made. After the procedure, I left, and I still had no pain. This was the first time in my life that I had a totally painless dental experience.”
Donald Allman -
“I know this is long overdue. You guys were so wonderful to me and my relief was so great – it still brings tears to my eyes. I can’t thank you enough for helping me regain my self-esteem and ability to smile. People don’t realize, but it’s a huge thing, the simple act of smiling. I am eternally grateful.”
Pam Kopicki -
“Y’all are awesome and nice! And I love coming here. Melanie does the best cleanings!
Diana Berry -