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The Locator Implant Attachment System is designed for use with overdentures or partial dentures, retained in whole or in part by endosseous implants in the mandibular or maxilla. Take notice that a Locator attachments can also go into an endodontically treated tooth or on a bar.


Not appropriate where a totally rigid connection is required.


  • Lowest Vertical Height:  The total height of the lowest Locator Attachment (abutment plus male) is only 3.17mm on an externally hexed implant, and 2.73mm on a non-hexed implant.

  • Locating Design:  Self Locating design allows a patient to easily seat their overdenture without the need for accurate alignment of the attachment components.

  • Retention inside and outside:  The unique Dual Retention innovation provides the LOCATOR attachment with greater retention surface area than ever before available with other attachments.  A combination of inside and outside retention ensures the longest lasting performance.

  • Use with non-parallel implants:  Angle correction nylon inserts allow easy correction of divergent implants.

  • Rotational pivoting action:  The design of the pivoting LOCATOR male allows a resilient connection for the prosthesis without any resulting loss of retention.  The retentive nylon male remains completely in contact with the female socket while its metal denture cap as a full range of rotation movement over the male.

Placement of the Locator Implant Abutment

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  • To select the proper Locator Implant Abutment, determine the type of implant and the diameter being used.  Then measure the tissue thickness from the apical rim of the implant body to the crest of the gingiva.  The implant female MUST be at least 1.5mm above the highest tissue point for full seating of the male. This 1.5mm is built in to all cuffs, ie a 2mm cuff height is 3.5mm (2 + 1.5). Therefore, your measurement will be from the top of the implant platform to the crest (or highest) point of the tissue. Order this cuff height. Choose the closest corresponding abutment tissue cuff height available.
  • After the secondary gingival healing period is complete, remove the healing cuff according to
    instructions provided by the manufacturer of the implant system being used.
  • It is imperative that all bone and soft tissue be removed from the superior aspect of the
    implant body to guarantee complete seating of the Locator Implant Abutment.
  • A special Locator Abutment Driver is designed to engage the inside diameter of the Locator
    Abutment and thread it into the implant ). You may use either the Gold Abutment Driver
    #8390 from the Locator Core Tool with an .050 hex (FIG 1, or the Direct square or latch drive
    abutment driver (FIG 2). The new #8394 Locator Abutment retaining sleeve goes over the end of the Gold Abutment Driver and holds the abutment in place when taking the abutment to the mouth. NOTE: A torque wrench with a .050 (1.25mm) hex insert will fit into the back side of the
    Abutment driver. The torque wrench is used to achieve the maximum seating force 30N-cm that
    will help prevent screw loosening. Ceka Bond from PREAT Corporation works well to prevent
    gradual unthreading.
  • When placing multiple attachments, snap a Parallel Post into each seated Locator Abutment
    to make sure the parallelism between implants is within 10º of each other. NOTE: if the divergence is greater than 10º, use the #8547 Green Male, #8915 Orange, or
    #8548 Red Male insert to correct divergence.