The MDI system or Mini Dental Implants consists of a miniature titanium alloy implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket with a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture firmly in place. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
Placement of the implants can usually be done during a 2-hour appointment in your dentist's office with local anesthesia. Using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique, MDI is placed into the jawbone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing your dentures. Because of the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, the healing period for most patients is shorter than that of traditional implants — meaning dentures can be stabilized the same day the MDI are placed.
Typical results may vary depending on clinical cases. As with any procedure, potential risks may be involved. Visit Lewis Family & Implant Dentistry to know if implants are right for you.
Placement of the Implant - The dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. There may be some swelling and/or tenderness after the surgery, so pain medication is usually prescribed to ease the discomfort. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods, and warm soup during the healing process.
The Healing Process - What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. This process is called osseointegration (OSS-e-o-in-te-GRAY-shun); meaning "combines with the bone." Osseointegration takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
Placement of the Prosthesis (artificial tooth or teeth) - For a single tooth implant, the dentist custom-makes a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. It is based on the size, shape, color, and fit that will blend with your other teeth. Implant-supported bridges or dentures are also made to fit your mouth and implants. Once completed, the man-made teeth are attached to the implant posts.
The prosthesis usually takes some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge, or denture. This can help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
Most patients find that an implant is secure and stable — a good replacement for their own tooth. If you are in good general health, with a jawbone that can support an implant, this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age.
Implants, however, are not an option for everyone. Patients should be medically evaluated before any implant surgery is scheduled. Patients either must have enough bone to support the implant, or be a good candidate for surgery to build up the bone where the implant will be placed.
Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with the healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing.
If your dentist does recommend implant treatment, careful oral hygiene is very important for the success of the implant. You must spend time caring for the implant and making sure the area around it is very clean. If not, you may increase your risk for gum diseases that can weaken the bone and tissues needed to support the implant.