Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 11/03/2014
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Four decades of attachment knowledge back the LOCATOR Overdenture Implant System.

Since the McGill consensus statement1 in 2002, the dental profession has recognized that implant-supported overdentures are the minimum standard of care for edentulous patients. The percentage of the American population over the age of 65 surpasses 13% and will continue to increase as ?baby boomers? age; and it?s estimated that more than a quarter of them may become edentulous, likely requiring dentures. In light of these powerful statistics, it is likely that any given dental practice will have the opportunity to provide narrow-diameter implant overdenture services.

Historically, though, narrow-diameter implants have suffered a bad reputation due to weak materials, poor designs and product misuse. Enter the ZEST Anchors LOCATOR Overdenture Implant (LODI) System, the next generation of narrow diameter implants for retaining overdentures.

Filling a Need

LODI is well suited for fully or partially edentulous patients with severe resorption and very narrow ridges. The typical treatment plan for these edentulous patients would be bone grafting, requiring a long process with additional surgeries and added expense. For these reasons, patients often decline dental implant treatment.

Featuring narrow diameter implants with ZEST?s proven LOCATOR attachment, LODI provides these patients with a less-invasive viable treatment option.

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Colleague Endorsed

LODI earned a 2013 Best Product designation after being evaluated by 8 clinicians participating in Dental Product Shopper?s peer-to-peer product evaluation program. A dentist who rated all aspects of the LODI system as excellent said he liked, ?[The] ability to change abutment height.? Another evaluator reported that he liked ?the low profile of the LOCATOR Attachment and denture housing.?

A Poplar Bluff, MO, dentist who cited ease of placement and initial primary stability as his favorite features said, ?[He liked the] initial stability, versatility of retention, and versatility of revision of parts.? Another evaluator also added that the feature he liked most was, ?[The] denture retention.? Initial stability was rated as excellent or very good by 6 evaluators.

An evaluator in practice for 42 years said, ?[This is the] best product available for denture stability for middle class people who can?t afford ?All-on-Four? for $30K to $40K.?

Educator and clinician Dr. Ara Nazarian is a LODI fan. ?Compared to O-ball attachments, the LOCATOR Attachment?s reduced vertical height provides patient comfort when the denture is removed,? he noted, ?as well as increased denture strength because less space is required in the denture.?

The LOCATOR Overdenture Implant System from ZEST Anchors answers clinician requests and meets patient demands for an effective, predictable, and cost-conscious approach for securing dentures.

Reference 1. Feine JS, et al. The McGill consensus statement on overdentures. Mandibular two-implant overdentures as first choice standard of care for edentulous patients. Montreal, Quebec, May 24-25, 2002. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2002 Jul-Aug;17(4):601-2.