Introduction: In the ever-evolving world of dental prosthetics, understanding the nuances of different systems is key to providing optimal patient care. Today, we’re delving into the differences between three innovative systems: Locator, Locator R-Tx, and Locator F-Tx. Let’s explore how each of these solutions can enhance your practice’s offerings.

1. Locator (Legacy Locator): The Versatile Classic

  • Purpose and Design: The Legacy Locator is a trailblazer in tissue-supported prostheses, also adaptable for implant-supported cases.
  • Pivotal Performance: Its unique pivot nylon insert maintains constant contact with the abutment, minimizing wear during functional activities.
  • Unmatched Versatility: Can be used with implants, natural teeth, bars, and custom abutments, making it a highly versatile tool in your dental arsenal.
  • Customizable Retention: Offers eight distinct retention options, allowing for tailored patient care.
  • Ideal For: A go-to option for tissue-supported prostheses, thanks to its simplicity and adaptability.

2. Locator R-Tx: The Advanced Successor

  • Enhanced Design: Building on the foundation of the Legacy Locator, the R-Tx version introduces improved pivoting capabilities.
  • Increased Angular Compliance: Facilitates up to 60 degrees of pivot, catering to cases with significantly divergent implants.
  • Precision Fit: Perfect for patients with limited dexterity, and reduces wear on off-axis abutments.
  • Slight Size Increase: Slightly larger dimensions and a new coating for enhanced durability and performance.
  • Ideal For: Situations requiring greater flexibility and accommodation for divergent implants.

3. Locator F-Tx: The Fixed Restoration Innovator

  • Fixed Restoration Focus: Specifically designed for fixed full-arch restorations, not suitable for removable prostheses.
  • Secure Attachment: Features a self-aligning, snap-down mechanism for a secure and accurate fit.
  • Non-Pivotal When Set: Once installed, especially with four or more abutments, it remains fixed, providing a stable and long-term solution.
  • Specialized Use: Not intended for bilateral cases or bridges, but ideal for full-arch restorations with a minimum of four implants.
  • Alternative to Screw-Retained Prosthetics: A modern solution for full-arch restorations, offering a fixed and reliable alternative.

Conclusion: Each of these Locator systems brings its unique strengths to the table. Whether it’s the versatility of the Legacy Locator, the enhanced pivot of the R-Tx, or the fixed restoration capabilities of the F-Tx, understanding these differences empowers dental professionals to make informed choices for their patients. At Russellville Dental Lab, we’re committed to staying at the forefront of these advancements, ensuring that our clients are equipped with the best solutions in dental prosthetics.

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