LOCATOR Overdenture Implant System

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 10/01/2013
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Small diameter implants placed to support pre-existing conventional dentures have been shown to be an effective method of restoring denture patients with atrophic jaws and the consequent problems of instability, sores, pain, and loss of function.

Until recently, choosing a small-diameter implant for an overdenture often meant a limitation in the prosthetic attachment because of the 1-piece confi guration of the implant usually consisting of an o-ball connection.

Today, there is a small diameter implant for overdentures that is a 2-piece confi guration. Zest Anchors? LOCATOR Overdenture Implant System (LODI) features the popular and proven LOCATOR overdenture attachment.

Simple and Versatile

LOCATOR Overdenture Implants can be placed using a minimally invasive, fl apless procedure with easy-to-use surgical instrumentation. The titanium implants provide primary stability for immediate loading because of the aggressive thread design that widens at the coronal portion. The self-tapping design also eases implant insertion and further increases stability. LODI is available in 2.4-mm and 2.9-mm diameters and 10-, 12-, or 14-mm lengths for placement in all ridges.

The most intuitive design of this system is the LOCATOR prosthetic portion, available in 2.5- and 4-mm cuff heights for implant placement fl exibility, attachment interchangeability, and replacement should wear occur throughout time.

In the past, clinicians submerged the small-diameter implant for adequate clearance for the o-ball or kept it somewhat superficial if the gingival tissue was too thick.

Compared to o-ball attachments, the LOCATOR Attachment?s reduced vertical height provides patient comfort when the denture is removed, as well as increased denture strength because less space is required in the denture.

Strong and Retentive

The LOCATOR male pivots in its permanent Denture Cap for a genuine resilient connection of the prosthesis without any resulting loss of retention. The male remains in static contact with the female socket, while the Denture Cap has a full range of rotational movement over the male. This pivoting action accommodates natural movements during occlusion, providing greater resiliency and preventing dislodgement. Conversely, with attachments that don?t pivot and lock the overdenture in a static hold, the attachment can easily disengage as a patient is chewing because of the opposing forces of occlusion. LODI patients are able to enjoy a normal, comfortable chewing function with confidence in the secure fi t of their overdenture.

LOCATOR males and extended range males offer multiple retention levels?0 to 5 lbs?so I can select ideal retention and accommodate for draw correction of divergent implants based on the number of implants placed and typical patient masticatory function.

There are an increasing number of edentulous patients needing denture stabilization. With new technology and designs now available at a more affordable price, now is the time to incorporate overdenture solutions.