Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural. The implants are tiny titanium posts placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a solid foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
Suppose, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is your choice. We ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During a consultation visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either our dentist or an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and our team will work closely with you to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrudes through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first 3 to 6 months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. We can then start making your new teeth. Impressions must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
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Mini Dental Implants (MDI) for Stable Dentures
What is the MDI Denture Stabilization System?
The MDI System 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 head of the implant is shaped like a ball. The retaining institution 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 installed, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
How are MDI Mini Implants placed?
The implants are placed quickly and easily in a process performed at our office with local anesthesia. MDI Implants are placed into the jawbone using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a robust and solid foundation for securing your dentures. Because of the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, MDI placement doesn’t require a lengthy healing period. This means that MDI can stabilize the dentures the same day the mini implants are placed.