Luxator periotomes allow dentists to extract teeth with minimal tissue damage, bleeding, and postoperative pain.
The tools and instruments used in the dental office can have an impact on how dentists perform procedures and how patients perceive them. This is especially true when it comes to tooth extraction. There is probably nothing more traumatic for a dental patient than an extraction that doesn?t go smoothly.
When the right tool is used, in conjunction with the appropriate technique, both the patient and the dentist benefit.
The Right Tool for the Job
The Luxator periotome from Directa (distributed by JS Dental) has been used by dentists for 16 years to atraumatically extract teeth. These specially designed cutting instruments are comfortable to use and easy to control. The shape and size of the handle is designed to minimize the force needed during an extraction. The tip of the instrument is very fine, which means it can be easily inserted between bone and root with very little tissue destruction. The durable Swedish steel blade of the Luxator retains its strength and sharpness, even after repeated sterilization.
Luxator tips are available in 8 sizes, and also in Dual Edge and Short versions. The innovative Luxator Dual Edge Periotome can be used for both probing and luxating. According to the manufacturer, the Dual Edge is ideal for deeply fractured teeth and decayed roots. In addition, it provides the dentist with safer insertion and reduces the risk of slipping. The Luxator Short periotome has all of the same features as the Luxator Original, but provides for an easier working method for users with smaller hands.
All of the Luxator periotomes are periodontal ligament knives with a fine tapering blade that compresses the alveolar, cuts the membrane, and gently eases the tooth from the socket. These instruments cannot be used as elevators.
To address the need for an elevator, Directa offers the Luxator Forte. This instrument can be used when stronger forces are required.
The fine blade of the Luxator Original, Dual Edge, and Short is used to compresses the alveolar, cut the membrane, and then gently remove the tooth. Because the blades are so fine and sharp, they can be easily damaged if excessive force is used.
The ergonomically designed handle provides for tactility and control. When using the Luxator, the user places his or her index finger along the axis of the blade at the depth of required penetration. This allows the finger to act as an occlusal stop.
The tip of the Luxator is then placed axially in the periodontal space. The user proceeds with a gentle twisting action to move the tip into the socket. The tip cuts ligaments while at the same time compressing the bone and raising the tooth from the socket. The user then continues to two-thirds of the depth of the root, staying close to the root wall.
If additional force is needed, the Luxator Forte can be incorporated into the procedure. For example, if after dilating the socket with the Luxator the user feels that more force is needed to complete the extraction, the Luxator Forte can be used.
When dental professionals have access to the proper instruments and techniques, they can offer their patients a dramatically less traumatic tooth extraction procedure. When trauma is reduced for the patient, stress is also reduced for the dentist and staff. For 16 years, Luxator periotomes have provided dentists with both the right tool and the right technique.