Locator Attachment Partial Dentures Gainesville, FL

Removable partial denture with locator attachments

Locator Attachment Partial Dentures (LAPD) are a type of removable partial denture that utilizes locator attachments to secure the denture to the patient’s remaining natural teeth or dental implants. This dental device is designed to offer a stable and comfortable solution for individuals missing one or more teeth, but who still retain some natural teeth.

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Prosthodontist in Gainesville, FL offering locator attachment partial dentures.

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Here’s how they typically work:

  1. Attachment system: Locator attachments are small, self-aligning, and ball-shaped devices fixed onto dental implants or on special abutments connected to the roots of natural teeth. The denture has corresponding sockets or receptacles that snap onto these attachments, providing a secure fit.

  2. Improved stability and comfort: The primary advantage of using locator attachments is the increased stability and retention they provide compared to traditional clasps used in other types of partial dentures. This can lead to improved comfort and functionality for the wearer.

  3. Aesthetics: LAPDs are designed to be less conspicuous than other denture types. The attachments are generally small and hidden within the natural contours of the gum line, which enhances the aesthetic appearance.

  4. Ease of use: These dentures are relatively easy to insert and remove, offering convenience for daily cleaning and maintenance.

  5. Adaptability: As the patient’s dental condition changes over time, locator attachments can be adjusted or replaced to maintain a proper fit, thereby extending the life of the denture and ensuring ongoing comfort and functionality.


A locator attachment partial denture is simply a denture that is supported by one or more implants which contain special inconspicuous “locator attachments” that ensure that your dentures not only remain firmly retentive inside the oral cavity, but also they can only be removed when you want them to. These dentures do not contain any other metallic extensions such as clasps, which are unsightly, uncomfortable for the patient and also create difficulties during insertion and removal of the dentures.

At Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida our prosthodontist will provide you with very high quality and aesthetically pleasing dentures. Fabrication of locator attachment partial dentures requires the following steps:

• Clinical evaluation – our team of dentists at smart smile dentistry, Gainesville FL will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums, so as to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for getting locator attachment partial dentures.
• Placement of dental implants – for getting your locator attachment partial dentures, you first need to get your missing teeth replaced by dental implants, so that a locator attachment can be placed over the implant. Our dentist will make you comfortable and pain-free by administering local anesthesia. Next, a surgical procedure will be performed to place dental implants at the required position.
• Getting your dentures – once the implant surgical site has completely healed, our prosthodontist will provide you with very high quality while taking special care to improve your smile and facial aesthetics. These dentures will contain a plastic attachment at the base which will mate with the corresponding attachment on the implant. In this way, your dentures will never slip out of your mouth, and you will only remove them when you have to.

Locator attachments require diligent care to prevent them from prematurely wearing down. This care includes removing your partials for cleaning and not wearing them while you sleep. Removal also allows you to thoroughly remove food debris that may collect beneath your prosthesis and clean the tissues around the implants for optimal gum health.
The cost of a precision attachment partial denture can vary widely and depends on several factors, including the number of implants required, the materials used for the denture, the complexity of the individual's dental needs, and geographic location. Other variables that can influence the price include any preparatory dental work needed, such as extractions or bone grafts, and the dentist's experience and expertise. It's best to consult with a dental professional to get a personalized estimate based on your specific circumstances.

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