For patients who are missing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, a prosthetic solution stabilized by dental implants is the best treatment to address this complex dental need. Unfortunately, replacing a full arch of teeth with single dental implants or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept can result in a costly treatment plan. Luckily, Dr. Falender offers an alternative surgical option for restoring a full arch of teeth using dental implant technology with locator implant attachments. Restoring the whole arch with a locator attachment for a removable denture can provide fewer treatments, a decreased cost, and a quicker restoration time.
What Is a Locator Implant Attachment?
A locator implant attachment is firmly supported by dental implants in the jaw and allows a full arch of beautiful white teeth to be snapped into place and removed from the mouth by the patient.
This kind of restoration is a fantastic solution for replacing a full arch of teeth and provides a variety of benefits, including:
- The ability to be snapped on and off of its dental implant support posts. The locator attachments allow patients to remove the over-denture at any time and according to their preference. This is a great solution for patients who do not like to wear the prosthesis at all times and only wish to wear it for functional purposes, such as eating.
- The locator device also makes it much easier to clean both the prosthesis and the rest of the mouth. When the prosthesis is removed, patients can brush and floss their natural teeth with ease. The locator implant attachment allows the wearer to remove the prosthesis for easy cleaning and decrease the time necessary to maintain the health of the mouth and the dental implants.
- Unlike other removable prosthetic options which rely on adjacent teeth or adhesive to stay in place, the dental implants’ support locator attachments will firmly snap into the prosthesis while it is being worn, making functions such as eating and speaking easier than ever. The denture is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth, restoring the patient’s confidence in their smile.
- When restoring a full upper arch of teeth, the implant-supported denture does not contain a palate (the portion of the denture that molds to the roof of the mouth). This allows patients the ability to retain the taste and temperature sensation in those areas.
What Happens During Dental Implant Placement for a Removable Denture with Locator Attachment Technology?
During the initial consultation, Dr. Falender will review your medical history and perform an oral examination of any remaining teeth and gums. He will also consult with the x-rays from your dentist and may take additional 3D scans to ensure that you have proper bone height and width present to place dental implants. If necessary, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure to ensure that the implants will properly fuse with the jaw bone and create a stable foundation for your removable denture. If you have failing teeth that must be removed, this can often occur at the same time that the implants are placed.
The supporting implants are normally placed toward the front of the mouth, where the bone is the densest, or where the least bone loss has occurred. Patients will undergo a period of healing to allow the implants to fuse properly with the jaw bone before the attachment of the locators and prosthesis. Once the implants are securely anchored to the bone, the locator attachments are affixed to the implants and a full denture is attached to the locators. On occasion, a bar attachment is utilized for additional support. Your dentist will instruct you on proper removal and placement of the prosthesis during your consultation.
Dental implants are truly the best functional and aesthetic solution to replacing multiple missing teeth and restoring your smile, and Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center has a variety of implant solutions to meet your individual needs. If you are interested in learning more about which dental implant solution is right for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Falender.