Implant Attachments & Abutments

Implants are abutments–the same as both vital and non-vital teeth and roots are abutments. The major differences between implant abutments and vital and non-vital teeth and roots are:

  • Lack of parallelism
  • Positioning
  • Mechanical adaptation requirements

The following options for implant prosthetics are identical to natural abutments:

  • Fixed Bridges. Often requires segmentation and attachments for parallelism.
  • Fixed Detachable Bridges. “All on 4″ or “Hybrid” dentures.
  • Combination of Fixed and Removable. Often fixed bridgework may be implemented in the anterior region, and a removable partial denture in the posterior. To avoid the negative esthetics and force distribution of clasp retention, precision attachments should be selected.
  • Removable Prosthesis

The most popular selection is a Removable Prosthesis, due to ease of implant inspection, servicing, hygiene, and maintenance. Three approaches are available:

  1. Bars–provide outstanding stability, but take more space and require better patient hygiene. Hader Bars, Dolder Bars, Round Bars, Custom milled bars with attachments.
  2. Stud Overdentures–provide retention, allow for independant servicing, do not provide as much stability. Locator Attachment, Sphero Flex, Preci-Clix, and magnets.
  3. Magnets—Do not require parallelism, have no specific path of insertion and significantly reduce or eliminate the transfer of lateral loads or torquing of the abutments. Provides retention but not stability.

LOCATOR Attachment System

The LOCATOR Implant Attachment is a self paralleling, low profile, resilient stud overdenture attachment.

The Extended Range nylon males provides for self-aligning of the attachment and aids the patient in positioning their prosthesis in similar manner as a guide plane created by a milled bar. The implant retained overdenture can be properly seated without damage to the attachment components.

This is especially important for a patient lacking the ability to propery orient their denture.

Clinical use has proven the ability of patient problems with inserting their implant retained overdenture to be solved in as little as one appointment.

The nylon male stays in contact with the abutment at all times, but the metal housings pivots and rotates around the nylon male to provide prosthesis resilience and abutment protection.

LOCATOR R-Tx Attachment System

The next generation Locator attachment allows for 60º of angle correction between implants, a carbon-nitride coated long lasting abutment, anodized pink esthetic housing, and easier seating/removal for the patient. Available for all major implant systems.

LOCATOR F-Tx Attachment

No screws, no cement, no problem!

A revolutionary FIXED attachment that eliminates the problems of cement, screw access holes, and difficult procedures. Simple, user friendly techniques to save hours of chair time during processing and servicing.

Not indicated for resilient/tissue supported prostheses. Minimum of 4 implants.

LODI – Locator Overdenture Implant System

The LODI is designed to provide a specialty overdenture implant /attachment option where narrow ridges, minimized surgical invasiveness and financial considerations play a role in the implant choice and where a superior overdenture attachment can be utilized with no compromise.

Clix Ball Abutment

2.25mm spherical attachment with slotted plastic female to engage a larger surface area of the sphere and reduce wear. This unique female makes an audible click to ensure prosthesis security.

The female housing may be paralleled either in the Laboratory or Chairside to correct up to 30 degrees divergence.

O-Ring Attachment System

The O-Ring Attachment features simple techniques, low cost, versatility, and is the most resilient option to protect weaker abutments

O-Ring Cast To: 3.20mm tall 3.00mm Ø tooth surface 4.50mm Ø housing

O-Ring Abutment: the extremely resilient titanium O-Ring attachment requires 4.0mm vertical, 5.0mm Ø

All abutments include (1) metal housing, (3) black final o-rings, and (1) red processing o-ring

Mini Implants

These Preat parts are compatible with their 3M Mini-Implants counterpoints. Feel free to contact us directly with any further questions. We’ll help you match them up.

Multi Unit Components

Based on the Nobel Prosthetic Interface

Drivers & Restorative Implant Tools

Long and short hand drivers, Right Angle “no-torque” wrenches, adjustable torque wrenches, and square and latch driver inserts for all the major implant sizes.

Sphero Flex Self Paralleling

The unique Sphero Flex is a self paralleling ball attachment designed for use on implant cases where there is up to 15º of deviation between implants.

The small size (the ball is 2.5mm) saves precious space. The female component is a soft nylon with a metal housing that can be either seated in acrylic, or incorporated into a cast framework.

A “fixed ball” in size 2.5mm or 1.8mm is also available.

Magnet Attachments

Magnet attachment systems provide:

  • no path of insertion for patients with limited dexterity
  • limited servicing requirements for the operator
  • up to 24º of rotation for non-parallel abutments
  • prosthesis may engage undercuts for increased stability

Sphero Flex Self Paralleling

The unique Sphero Flex is a self paralleling ball attachment designed for use on implant cases where there is up to 15º of deviation between implants.

The small size (the ball is 2.5mm) saves precious space. The female component is a soft nylon with a metal housing that can be either seated in acrylic, or incorporated into a cast framework.

A “fixed ball” in size 2.5mm or 1.8mm is also available.

Internal Hex Pin Screw

The new internal Hex Pin Screw system is a set screw or locking screw for dentist-only removable crown, bridge, or removable prosthesis over implant suprastructures or telescopic castings.

The Pin Screw is primarily utilized horizontally with telescopic dentist removable prosthesis.

Internal Hex Tube & Screw

The new internal Hex Tube and Screw is used for vertical screw retention of crowns and bridges, dentist-only removable fixed prosthesis, implant suprastructures, and telescopic prostheses.