What Are MDI Implants?
The MDI System consists of a
miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining
fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the
implant is shaped like a ball, and the retaining fixture acts
like a socket
that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture
is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated,
the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for
micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
How are MDI
Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and
easily in a process performed in the dentist's office, with local anesthesia or
light sedation to help make you more comfortable. Using a precise, controlled,
minimally invasive surgical technique, MDI Implants are placed into the jawbone.
The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong,
solid foundation for securing your dentures. It is a one-step procedure that
involves minimally invasive surgery, no
sutures nor the typical months of
What Will My First Day Be Like?
Leave the denture in
place until bedtime. You should not experience any excessive bleeding. There
will be some mild discomfort, but this should be minimal and controlled by the
pain medication you have been given. If needed, take the pain medication only as
directed. The denture should feel secure. You may eat as soon as you wish to,
but avoid excessively hard
or sticky foods for a period recommended by your
dentist. Upon removing the denture, rinse your mouth with an antiseptic
mouthwash and clean around each implant fixture with a cotton
toothpaste. Use a cotton swab for three days. After that, use your ACCESS™
Toothbrush. It has been specifically designed to clean your implants and gently
stimulate the surrounding gum tissue.
How Do I Place and Remove My
The implants and the O-ring fixtures must be clean and free
from debris. Grasp the denture with both hands and lightly seat the denture,
feeling that the O-rings are resting above the ball head of the implants, then
press down firmly and equally on both sides. Make sure that you feel the implant
heads easily fitting each O-ring. You will feel the denture snap into place. If
you have trouble seating your denture, first make sure that the implants and
denture are absolutely clean. Secondly, make sure that you feel the implants
resting over each socket. A light touch will give you the best results. Remember
downward equally on both sides. If you are still experiencing
difficulty, see if a spouse or family member can assist you in placing the
denture. To remove the denture, place your thumbs under each side of the lower
denture rim and push both sides upward at the same time. The tongue can also
assist in this simple removal process.
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