Dr Johann Lochner
Specialist in Oral Medicine and Periodontics
I grew up in the Overberg, South Africa and spent my childhood years in the small towns of Klipdale and Bredasdorp.
Due to an accident involving me, a tree and gravity, I spent many hours in the dentist’s chair as a child and from there the idea to follow this career path. I graduated as a dentist from the University of Stellenbosch in 1996 to be awarded the first prizes in both Oral Medicine & Periodontology as well as Crown & Bridgework in my final year.
After graduation, my wife and I moved to the United Kingdom where we practiced dentistry for eight years. Whilst enjoying all aspects of general dentistry, I had a particular interest in Periodontics, the treatment of problems relating to gums and gum disease. In May 2000 I passed the examination for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners at the Royal College of Surgeons RCS (UK). Following this achievement, we moved to Newcastle upon Thyne in the North-East of England where I joined the Newcastle University as a Senior House Officer for one year. This post-graduate rotation through all dental departments of a world renowned Dental Training Hospital gave me a wonderful insight into the different aspects of dentistry, allowing me to provide a very high standard of dentistry to all my patients. In October 2001 I passed the examination for Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, MFDS (RCS).
After our boys were born, we were set on returning to South Africa. I was accepted for the MChD in Oral Medicine and Periodontics at the University of Stellenbosch in 2004. I graduated in 2008 from the University of Western Cape (the Faculties of Dentistry of the University of Stellenbosch and UWC merged during the course of my post-graduate studies).
After working in my specialist field at Intercare, Durbanville and Hout Bay Dental Studio, I started my own practice in Somerset West in 2009 and we moved out here in 2010.
In recognition of my commitment to the discipline of Oral Medicine and Periodontology, I am a member of the South African Society of Periodontology (SASPIO). In 2014 I was elected President of SASPIO and I am currently serving as Treasurer of the society. I am a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI) and the study club director for the Winelands study club of the ITI.
I enjoy all aspects of my dental speciality, but get true satisfaction from particularly challenging cases, involving advanced implant placement and the re-creation of new bone to make these implants possible. I also have a specific interest in the augmentation of soft tissue for aesthetic purposes.
I thrive on the interactions of working together with referring colleagues, providing specialist care for their patients.
I am an outdoors person and enjoy the ocean surfing, diving as well as camping with friends and family.