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Bay Ridge Dental Blog - Brooklyn Dentist Al Lanfranchi, DDS - In The News

Benefits of MDI Implants

In the last ten years, MDI Implants  have become mainstream in  dentistry and are afforable to many patients. While traditional implants (the ones that require 4-6months healing) cost atleast $1600, MDIs are as little as $500 and can be completed in just one day.

MDIs are very versatile and can beused ina number of situations.

          I       Partials

         II      Dentures

        III   Replacing a single tooth

        IV    Replacing multiple teeth.

                  I    Partials

             Silver clips are used to hold partials in place. When there aren't back teeth to hold the partial, the silver clips are placed on front teeth or are entirely eliminated. In the first scenario, the silver clips are not very cosmetic and the partial is very loose in the second. Loose partials won't stay in place when both eating and speaking and frequently catch alot of food under them.  Loose partials are notorious for creating numerous sore spots.  Keeping a loose partial in place becomes a balancing act and aren't very good for for chewing. Many of these problems mentioned, cause many embarrassments.

            MDI Implants are best used in the original design of the partial , but they can very well be added to YOUR partial. The silver clips can  be removed or the partial could just be made tighter fitting. If you have non-metal clips, MDIs can also make the parlial tighter. Your partial can look, feel and function much better with MDIs.

                   II    Dentures

              There are three big advantages of MDI Implants when used with full dentures. The stabilty of a denture when chewing, is dictated  by the anatomy of the bone on which it rests. In dental school, before the inception of MDIs, lower full dentures were called 'the ultimate failure in dentistry'. The reason being, the bone of the lower jaw shrinks to such a degree that it virtually disappears leaving no bone for the denture to hold on. This denture moves side to side and up and down as easily as moving a dish on a table top.

               MDIs provide struts which are anchored securely in the jaw bone and provides a 'snap' to hold the denture in place. These  types of MDIs are like the snaps on a shirt or blouse. Half the snap is in the denture and half is part of the implant. Ordinarily this is done in the construction of a new denture. Very often, they can be added to an existing denture, similar to yours. If your denture is very loose, call today for a complementary consultation and Tina or Desiree will give you a convenient appointment. 

                The antomy of the mouth allows the use of a dish shape for an upper denture and this acts like a suction-cup to hold it in place. However, the anatomy for a number of reasons may not be ideal creating a loose denture that is extremely troublesome. Trying to juggle a loose denture to hold it in place is a NIGHTMARE!!

                 The more sophisticated use of MDIs is its ability to allow the construction of a 'horseshoe shaped' upper denture. A horseshoe denture is more comfortable, more stable, and more esthetic. This shape has half the pink plastic of a dish shaped denture making it lighter and allows better tasting of food. In addition, the plastic that is required for suction under the nose can be eliminated. Without this piece of plastic, the denture  is more comfortable and the denture teeth are placed right on the gum and amazingly resemble your own teeth.

You are invited for a free consultation. Call  TODAY and Tina or Desiree will give you an appointment that fits into your busy schedule.