What Are Locator Attachment Retained Dentures?
Locator attachment retained dentures use dental implants to hold dentures in place. When you have missing teeth, traditional removable dentures can be difficult to fit comfortably and might move around. However, locator attachment retained dentures are more secure and provide you with a more comfortable solution. The denture is held on with dental implants that are surgically inserted into your jaw. You can remove the denture but while you are wearing it, it will be held securely in place by locator abutments on the implants.
What Are Locators?
Locators are fixtures similar to buttons, which allow dentures to be snapped into place. This holds the denture securely in place so that it can’t move around. Locators are held in place using dental implants, which are artificial roots implanted into the jaw bone for support.
How Does It Work?
There are several steps to creating locator attached retained dentures. The first step is to take an impression of the area where the denture will go. This impression will then be used to create a temporary denture. A plan is created for your dental implants to determine where to place them. After the implants are placed, you will have healing caps over them while they heal and you can wear a temporary denture over them.
After the implants have healed, the locator abutments are attached and the dentist will take new impressions so that they can create the retained denture to attach to the implants. The denture is made in a laboratory and then will be fitted once it’s ready. Your dentist will then monitor you to check the fit and ensure you have a healthy bite alignment. Some adjustments might be made to create a better, more comfortable fit.
Are Locator Attachment Retained Dentures Right for You?
If you have missing teeth, you are probably looking for the best solution to replace them. Perhaps you already have a standard removable denture or you’re still considering what options are available to you. At our clinic in Tucson, Arizona, we can help you to explore if location attachment retained dentures are the right choice. If you’re looking for a long-term solution that offers more comfort and functionality than a traditional denture, this could be the right option to replace your missing teeth.