The dental profession has been a blessing to me. It has allowed me to meet some people who are truly inspiring and incredible. I understand that people typically do not love going to the dentist, but my desire is to change the dental experience and make it genuinely enjoyable.
Education is a vital aspect of my treatment philosophy. Most people are unaware of the systemic and whole-body effects that poor dental health can have, from self-esteem and confidence issues to physical illness. I enjoy when that moment changes for people and they see value in maintaining or even improving their lives. Let’s be honest, I am not saving the world one tooth at a time, but if I can make a positive impact in one person’s life, then it is worth it to me.
Education and Continuing Education
Bachelor of Arts in Biology — Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2009
Doctor of Dental Surgery — Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, 2013
I really enjoy learning new techniques and ways to help my patients, and I strive to be a lifelong student to allow for continual growth and knowledge. Continuing my education is the only way to ensure that the best quality of care and range of treatment are offered to my patients. It also allows me to offer the vast majority of dental services in-house and reduce the number of times a patient has to drive to a specialist’s office for treatment.
The majority of my continuing education has been related to Invisalign® clear aligners, oral surgery, implant placement, bone grafting, CEREC for design and fabrication of same-day crowns and restorations, and facial aesthetics courses. I have also completed training in sedation dentistry to address patients’ needs for sedation and anxiety management.
International Team for Implantology, Member
International Dental Implant Association, Fellow
Outside the Office
I was born in Anderson, Indiana, and grew up just east of Indianapolis in a small town called New Palestine. I currently reside in downtown Indianapolis, close to friends and family.
I married my wife, Liz, in 2018. We met when she was my apartment’s property manager. I had so many issues with flooring and pipes that she and I spent a lot of time together. I talked her into going on a date by saying, “Don’t worry, it’s not like we’re getting married,” and from there it is all history! We do not have children yet, but we do have a Husky/Beagle mix named Dasha.
When I am not in the office, I like physical activities, including hiking, working out at the gym and running races. Traveling and experiencing different cultures, foods and festivals is another thing I truly enjoy. Like a good Indiana native, I am a fan of the Colts and Pacers.
Being active in the community personally and as an office is really important to me. This community has given the office so much, and it is only natural that we give back in kind. I enjoy volunteering and am in several organizations that are humanitarian and philanthropy-focused, and I schedule private dental days for free dental services throughout the year.
Dr. Jim Heck has been practicing dentistry in Greenwood, Indiana, since 1991. He is married to Margie, and they have two wonderful boys, Christopher and Alex.
Dr. Heck earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology in 1987 from the University of Indianapolis and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1991. He is a member of the American Dental Association®, Indiana Dental Association and Indianapolis District Dental Society. He is also a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
Named as one of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine’s “Top Dentists” by his peers, Dr. Heck remarked, “My greatest asset is having such a superb dental staff; they enable me to provide our patients with the highest quality dental care possible.”
Outside the dental office of White River Family Dental and Implant Center, Dr. Heck enjoys a healthy mix of sports, fitness and travel with a special interest in golf and Clearwater Beach, Florida.
If you would like to meet our dentists to discuss your options for dental care in Greenwood, Indiana, contact White River Family Dental and Implant Center at 317-881-4726 and speak with a member of our team.