HINTS FOR DOCTORS WHILE SEEING....PATIENTS WITH DENTURE OVER LOCATORS......
Good oral hygiene is vital to attachment success.
The Locator Implant Abutments must be thoroughly cleaned each day to prevent wear of the abutments due to buildup of abrasive plaque in the socket of the abutment.
The use of a soft nylon bristle or end-tufted toothbrush, and superfloss to polish the abutments should be taught. A non-abrasive gel toothpaste, and an irrigation system is recommended to keep the socket of the Locator Abutment clean.
Patients should maintain a three to four month recall for cleaning and attachment evaluation.
The inside socket of the Locator Abutment and the sulcus area around the implant abutment
are the primary areas of concern, better use plastic instruments for scaling the abutments.
Do not use metal instruments which may create scratches on the abutment surface.
Examine patients for signs of inflammation around the implant abutments, and for implant mobility.
Use a 30N-cm torque wrench to make sure the Locator Implant Abutment is tight before dismissal.