Provide simple and predictable extraction with minimized patient trauma
Extractions represent the first building block to many procedures, and must be done properly and atraumatically to preserve alveolar bone volume and surrounding soft-tissues, and support the bone grafting required for placing dental implants. Yet most conventional extraction instruments have evolved very little over the decades—or even the centuries. Many forceps on the market today rely on the same fundamental techniques of using brute force in an unpredictable manner.
With its recent acquisition of the Physics Forceps tool into its Luxator series, Directa Dental is furthering its goal of helping clinicians easily and predictably extract teeth, while providing patients with a positive extraction experience that minimizes trauma.
The Physics Forceps remove teeth through elevation, using first-class lever mechanics in a patented “beak and bumper” technique. One handle is connected to a bumper, which acts as the fulcrum and is placed deep in the vestibule. The other is connected to the beak, which is usually positioned on the lingual or palatal root of the tooth into the gingival sulcus. Minimal pressure (and no squeezing) is required to rotate the handles and remove the tooth.
“The Physics Forceps are really a 'lingual elevator' rather than forceps—as their name implies that use first-class lever mechanics,” said Frank Cortes, President of Directa USA. “The breakdown of the PDL occurs in a much faster time period than conventional methods that employ intermittent rocking or brute strength types of forces.”
What helps create a predictable experience each time is that the Physics Forceps place a constant and steady load on the tooth, allowing “creep” to build and releasing hyaluronic acid that breaks down the PDL. This method is faster and more consistent than conventional extraction methods.
“The Physics Forceps can be used in many extraction cases, including cases where the teeth are badly decayed, broken, fractured, or fragile, where extraction would be challenging using conventional instrumentation,” said Cortes. “The tool can also be used on endodontically treated teeth, curved or long-rooted molars, and cuspids.”
The Standard Series of Physics Forceps are appropriate for most cases, but in some cases, such those involving third molars, the Molar Series may be preferable. Physics Forceps also come in a Pedodontic Series for primary tooth extraction.
The Physics Forceps are Effective in Most Cases, Including:
• Badly decayed or broken-down teeth
• Endodontically treated teeth
• Fractured or fragile teeth
• Curved or long-rooted molars and cuspids
• Any tooth that would historically be challenging with conventional instrumentation