Dental Implant Overdenture Locator Attachments…Patient Information

If you already have dentures, dental implants can be used to "lock" your denture to the bone. This is called an overdenture.

Please see this post for some overdenture basic information.

There are many choices for securing your implants to the denture. You should know that are bars or individual anchors. I will focus on the locator attachment.

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This video will help you understand the basics: (if you cant see the video use this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8hb6_9Es6A )


Here is a picture of what they look like in the mouth:

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This is a picture of the actual attachment that gets embedded into the denture.

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14 Responses to Dental Implant Overdenture Locator Attachments…Patient Information

  1. Bill says:

    I have the ball and socket type implants. Can they be changed to locators as you described?
    Thanks,
    Bill

  2. Hi Bill,
    The ball attachment is not as good as the locator. Most implants can be changed to this abutment. It is an easy in-office procedure.
    Dr. Ramsey Amin

  3. DOLORES BAUER says:

    i hAVE BALL ATTACHMENTS FROM NOBEL BIOCARE THEY MEASURE 3.5 X 13 MILL. I DON’T LIKE THEM THEY COME UP IN THE BACK WHEN I BITE DOWN IN THE FRONT. IS THERE ANY OTHER LOCATERS I CAN GET AND WHAT WOULD BE THE COST.

  4. Hi Dolores,
    How many implants do you have? Are they on your upper or lower jaw? Is there metal inside the denture? How long have you had them?
    I can answer your questions more precisely with this info.
    Dr. Ramsey Amin

  5. debbie says:

    which color locator gives the strongest “hold” in the mouth? I have blue pink and clear

  6. Locator Replacement Male Inserts – 5 lbs, clear. These are the strongest hold.

  7. sara says:

    Great job Dr. Amin. Your website has helped me find the right dentist in my area to treat my mother who has no teeth.

    Thank you for all you do in the world.

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Thank you!

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  8. ruth says:

    i have got the snap on dentures and i can’t get them out, i have tried everything ,is there anything i can do?

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Ruth,

      It sounds like you are going to need to see your dentist. Ask them to adjust the retention of the dental implant locator abutment.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  9. John says:

    What is the proper name of the part of the implant that the locators snap into and do they need to be replaced ever? I have a lower overdenture and have had the locators replaced but they don’t grip anymore. The denture is very loose and comes undone very easily. I would like to have the implant parts replaced if necessary but need to know the name of them to see if it is a covered proceedure by my dental insurance or if I have to absorb the entire cost. Thanks for any response and help you can offer.
    John

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      John they are called LOCATOR MALES and they usually wear out every 12-24 months on average. They are not costly to replace.
      They allow for insertion of the overdenture with up to 20 degrees of divergence between implants and are available with 1.5, 3 or 5 lbs of retention forces.
      During seating, while the LOCATOR Male pivots inside the Denture Cap, the system’s self-aligning design centers the male on the attachment before engagement. These two actions in concert allow the LOCATOR to self-align into place, enabling patients to easily seat their overdenture without the need for accurate alignment and without causing damage to the attachment components. This self-aligning feature also increases the durability of the LOCATOR Attachment.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  10. John says:

    Thank you for your reply sir. Just so I am certain we are addressing the same part,would that would be the part that screws into the implant itself. Is that correct?

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi John,

      The male snaps into the denture side. The female screws to the implant.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, Ca

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