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Rejuvenate Your Oral and General Health with Dental Implants

Dental implants provide the best support for dentures, bridges, and crowns, helping patients restore function and aesthetics back to their smile after tooth loss. These titanium posts are surgically placed in the jaw and with proper care, can last for decades. Dr. Christopher DeMille and Dr. David MacKay provide complete dental implants treatment at our West Valley City, UT, and North Salt Lake, UT, offices. Our doctors perform placement and restoration on-site, as well as prerequisite bone grafting and sinus lifts, when necessary. 

Prerequisite Procedures

Before being deemed an implant candidate, patients must have adequate bone density in the jaw where the implants will be placed. In most cases, tooth loss causes the surrounding bone to degenerate. People who wear traditional dentures for years may experience further jawbone deterioration. Other cases necessitate a sinus lift in order to provide adequate bone density on the sinus floor, so implants in the upper back portion of the mouth will not penetrate the cavity.

Our doctors perform autogenous bone grafts, as well as crestal approach sinus lifts. In most cases, implants can be placed in the same entry point immediately following a crestal approach sinus lift. Good oral health and the absence of gum disease are also prerequisites for dental implant candidacy.

Implant Placement and Restoration

Receiving implant-supported restorations requires at least two visits to our office. First, the implants will be placed during a minor surgery and the gums will either be sutured closed or a temporary restoration will be placed. After four to six months of healing, which allows the posts to fuse with the bone, abutment pieces and the permanent restorations will be attached. Our doctors prefer Hiossen Implants, which come in a variety of designs. One implant can secure a single dental crown, and two or more posts can support a bridge or partial denture. We are often able to create implant-supported restorations on-site using our CEREC® milling system. 

Illustration of implant-supported crown

For patients who do not have sufficient bone density for implants, but are not eligible for grafting surgery due to age, health conditions, or budget constraints, mini dental implants offer an alternative to traditional implants. Mini implants are much smaller and impact less of the surrounding tissue. Four to six mini dental implants can securely anchor a denture.

Our Training and Techniques 

Dr. DeMille earned his mastership with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and both Dr. DeMille and Dr. MacKay are members of the prestigious organization. In our office, patients can opt for traditional implants, All-on-Four® implant-retained dentures, or mini implants for denture retention. We can provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for your comfort, or you can opt for general sedation provided by an anesthesiologist.

Dr. DeMille earned his mastership with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and both Dr. DeMille and Dr. MacKay are members of the prestigious organization.

All-on-Four® Implants

The All-on-Four® dental implant system involves placing just four implants in the front of the jaw, where bone is densest. A special surgical guide is created and utilized to ensure that the implants are precisely placed in the most strategic locations. The same day that surgery is performed, an immediate-load denture is placed on the implants. After healing is complete, the final restoration will be placed.

Schedule Your Consultation

With dental implants, you can enjoy a complete smile that functions properly, so you can eat what you like, when you like, with full confidence. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact our practice and schedule your consultation.