How Harmony Dental Lab benefits from Zest Anchors' LOCATOR attachments

November 6, 2012

The team at Harmony Dental Lab first heard about Zest Anchor’s LOCATOR Attachments through dental trade shows and clients who were excited about what it could offer their patients. They began using the LOCATOR not long after it was introduced to the market and have been happy with what it’s done for their lab, their dentist clients and of course the patients. “I would say on CAD/CAM bars we really like it because it has the drill and tap option,” Hodson said.

The team at Harmony Dental Lab first heard about Zest Anchor’s LOCATOR Attachments through dental trade shows and clients who were excited about what it could offer their patients. They began using the LOCATOR not long after it was introduced to the market and have been happy with what it’s done for their lab, their dentist clients and of course the patients.

“I would say on CAD/CAM bars we really like it because it has the drill and tap option,” Hodson said.

“That allows the lab or even the dentist the ability to change out and replace the attachment if needed. This could save a restoration if wear occurs throughout time. And it works with all CAD/CAM bars. Any company that manufactures the bars offer the LOCATOR attachment as an option.”

Other benefits include different levels of retention, angulation versatility and its low profile. The different levels of retention is a huge patient benefit, Hodson said. Some patients require very little retention, such as an elderly patient who may not have the same dexterity and hand strength to insert and remove the attachment as a younger patient. Other patients simply prefer to have it locked in tightly so it takes a lot of effort to remove.

Not only does the LOCATOR offer retention options for the patient, it’s also easy to work with and predictable, which can save labs time and money.

“The system is pretty predictable,” Hodson said. “We’re not buying extra components. We buy what we need for the case and that’s it. There is no need for angled abutments because the extended range males correct the path of insertion up to 20 degrees. It’s very easy to process. I think we save time relative to other systems.”

The LOCATOR also is versatile, Hodson said. While his lab mainly uses the drill and tap option for CAD/CAM bars, the bar attachments offer many other options for technicians, including laser welding and a cast-to attachment.

Hodson and the team at Harmony Dental have been happy with the LOCATOR system and what it offers, and would encourage other labs to give it a try. It’s versatility makes it a great addition to any lab, whether you’re using it directly on implants, on CAD/CAM bars, cast bars or anything in between.

“I think it just comes down to the patented pivoting action and the self-aligning design of the LOCATOR,” Hodson said. “The different levels of retention really make a difference, too.”

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