LOCATOR Implant System

LOCATOR Implant Abutment

The LOCATOR is arguably the World’s most popular implant attachment system. Why and what does this mean to the dentist or dental technician as well as your patient? This page features troubleshooting techniques, videos, a basic overview of the components, retention inserts and more. If you still have questions we would be happy to assist you!

Additional Technical Resources for LOCATOR

LOCATOR Pivoting Technology and Reslience

Locator Standard Angle Correction

LOCATOR Standard Angle Correction

Legacy Locator Standard and Extended
Locator Extended Range Angle Correction

LOCATOR Extended Range Angle Correction

PIVOTING VS. NON-PIVOTING

With the LOCATOR Attachment, the pivoting ability of the LOCATOR Males and the Denture Cap at various points during seating and in function deliver a host of benefits including self-aligning ability, angulation versatility, greater resiliency and exceptional durability.
The Denture Cap’s ability to gently pivot in any direction over the male accommodates the natural movements during occlusion and the pliancy of the soft tissue supporting the overdenture, providing greater resiliency and keeping it from dislodging. Patients are able to enjoy a normal, comfortable chewing function and unparalleled confidence in the secure fit of their overdenture.

Compare this with attachments that don’t pivot. Without the pivoting action, the overdenture is locked in a static hold. As the patient is chewing, the attachment can easily disengage because of the opposing forces of occlusion.

Comparison of Locator (pivoting) and GPS (non-pivoting)

Comparison of Locator (pivoting) and GPS (non-pivoting)

RESILIENT

The LOCATOR Male remains in static contact with the attachment while the Denture Cap, which is processed into the overdenture, has a full range of rotational movement over the male for a genuine resilient connection of the prosthesis without any resulting loss of retention.

The unique Dual Retention innovation provides the LOCATOR attachment with greater retention surface area than ever available before with other attachments.

Durability tests have proven the LOCATOR’s incredible wear resistance and long lasting performance for over 110,000 insertion cycles.

The LOCATOR Male pivots in its permanent metal denture housing for a genuine resilient connection of the prosthesis. The retentive nylon male remains in static contact with the female socket while its metal denture cap has a full range of rotational movement over the male. This design of the pivoting LOCATOR Male allows a resilient connection for the overdenture without any resulting loss of retention.

LOCATOR Rotational Movement

Pivoting function protects the abutment, provides ease with patient insertion/removal, and maintains a resilient connection of the prosthesis

CUFF/TISSUE HEIGHT

LOCATOR implant abutments should be ordered to the exact height of the gingival measurement.

The LOCATOR Implant abutment has a built in additional 1.5mm of height. This 1.5mm allows the male attachment to fully seat on to the the abutment.

Please do not add 1.5mm to your measurements.

Locator Cuff Height
Locator Implant Abutment Cuff Height

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SUPRA-RADICULAR DESIGN

The LOCATOR attachment is a supra-radicular design that gives you the choice of a straight post, two angles (10 and 20 degrees) to accommodate divergent roots and a special Cast-to version.

LOCATOR Root Attachment Specifications

LOCATOR Retention Inserts Guide

LOCATOR Retention Inserts Guide

LOCATOR Dimensional Specifications

LOCATOR Implant Attachment Specifications
LOCATOR Bar Attachment Specifications
LOCATOR Root Attachment Specifications

Troubleshooting LOCATOR Attachments

 Q: Why are the Retention Inserts pulling out the housing?

A: The path of insertion is likely too divergent for the standard inserts. Consider the extended range males (red, orange, green) which will accommodate a divergent implant between 10 and 20 degrees (40 degrees between implants).

Locator Standard Angle Correction

LOCATOR Standard Angle Correction

Legacy Locator Standard and Extended
Locator Extended Range Angle Correction

LOCATOR Extended Range Angle Correction

 Q: Why is there no retention with this NEW prosthesis?

A1: Make sure you can see the line of demarcation (undercut between the retentive area of the abutment and cuff height portion) is above the gingiva, allowing the housing and insert to engage with the Abutment. LOCATOR implant abutments should be ordered to the exact height of the gingival measurement. The LOCATOR implant abutment has a built in additional 1.5mm of height. This allows the male attachment to full seat on the abutment. Please do not add 1.5mm to your measurement.

Locator Cuff Height and Line of Demarcation

A2: Try a housing or impression coping loaded with any nylong insert on the abutment. With finger pressure, is there retention? Is the housing making contact with the gingiva? 4008505 LOCATOR Impression Coping

A3: If there is retention with the impression coping/housing test, it is a high spot. Use indicating paste to check for acrylic high spots or alignment of the attachment.

A4: If the position of the housing is out of alignment with the abutment, remove the nylon male, take a hot soldering tip and transfer heat into the housing (softening up the retaining acrylic), and pull the housing out of the prosthesis. Place a new black male into the housing, sandblast and prime, and go forward with the normal chairside pickup procedures. Make sure to only put pressure over the attachment areas; pressure in the gingival supported areas will cause compression of gingiva and therefore a misalignment of attachment and abutment.

 Q: Why is there no retention with this OLD/EXISTING prosthesis?

A1: Is the inside of the LOCATOR abutment clean of debris?

A2: Do you see any wear facet/gold TiN coming off of the abutment and the silver undercoating showing up? This is likely from worn/rough inserts making vertical striations into the abutment when the patient is biting it into place. To check retention, use an impression coping to see if there is retention on the abutment. If no retention, you need a new abutment.

LOCATOR Debris Build Up
Locator Vertical Striations

A2: Finally, if there is retention, check for a reline.

  • Take a 0.5mm of thin/base plate wax and wrap it around the saddle are of the process.
  • Replace the inserts with the black processing inserts.
  • Seat the prosthesis back in the patient’s mouth and have them come into occlusion.
  • Remove the prosthesis and check for contact marks.
  • If there is no contact, that means there has been a loss of more than 0.5mm of supportive bone/tissue. Reline to compensate for what has been lost.

LOCATOR Components and Tools

Patient Education Models

Drivers and Tools

LOCATOR Videos