Or – Would you like to eat apples again?
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 withstand the natural lifting forces.
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilisation of a lower denture. There are approximately one million people in the United Kingdom who are "edentulous" (literally meaning lacking teeth) who struggle daily with prosthetic devices.
A majority of denture wearers suffer a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures especially lower dentures. Many denture wearers simply withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of being compelled to wear them. Moreover, it's not uncommon for family members to complain about a denture wearer's disagreeable breath as a result of food being trapped and decaying under their denture prosthesis.
Successful placement of the Mini Dental Implant addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems. Denture patients all over the world have experienced relief from loose or ill-fitting dentures from doctors who are trained to place the MDI.
Uniquely, a trained doctor can use the MDI to stabilise a denture in a couple of hours, with the patient leaving the clinic with a solid fitting denture.
The fees vary between £1500 and £2000 per case depending on numbers of implants need and often do not need the denture to be replaced. In order to plan any implant case, our fee includes a more specialised xray of the jawbone.
The procedure itself.
Having mini implants fitted is normally not uncomfortable as every site is made completely numb before treatment. Some slight pushing is required from us but about the same amount as having a filling.
If you are at all worried about the procedure then it can be done under Intravenous Sedation which is where you are awake, but feeling really relaxed. It is the same technique they use in hospitals when undergoing investigations to make them more comfortable. Let us know a week or so beforehand so we can discuss this with you.
There aren’t really any special precautions you have to take before treatment, but do remember the following:
Bring your current and any spare dentures with you (sounds obvious I know but it has happened!)
Don’t use any fixative the day of treatment as it is really messy
Don’t plan any major social functions the rest of the day. It is rare to get swelling or pain after treatment but expect a little tenderness to bite.
After the fitting is complete and the anaesthetic has worn off, you may find the denture rubs a little. This is normal and should settle after a few days. If it does not, or you feel you cant bite properly for whatever reason, do not hesitate to contact us so we can make some final adjustments.
Dr Robert Michael Endicott BDS (Birm 1997)
Stratford Dental, Aintree Road
Stratford upon Avon CV37 9FL
co-founder of the Warwickshire Dental Training Institute
co-founder of EmergencyDentistAppointments.co.uk
Winner of Private Dentistry 2007 South East Young Dentist of the Year
Private dentist independent of the NHS
In case of complaints, contact me directly or speak to the Dental Complaints Service www.dentalcomplaints.org.uk