Tools of the trade: Luxator Original

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By Dr Anthony Boyden, Anthony Boyden & Associates, Penrith, NSW

 

The Luxator—especially the medium-sized original—has been a very valuable addition to our collection of Coupland, Cryer, Warwick James and other elevators.

 

What’s good about it

The Luxator’s gouge or concave blade is fine, sharp and readily adapts to the tooth root when penetrating the periodontal space. This allows it to be carefully forced with a slight twisting action into the ligament space, cutting the ligament, compressing the bone and ultimately allowing the tooth or root to be raised from its socket.

I have found it to be really helpful in preserving bone and soft tissue with less traumatic extractions while greatly reducing those situations where a surgical approach is required. These days such considerations are especially relevant with a more likely implant scenario.

If the Luxator doesn’t dislodge the typical tooth stump, it loosens the stump or tooth and expands the socket to expose more root surface. This makes it much easier for the forceps’ beaks to engage.

Most of my extractions these days are preceded by gentle and controlled Luxator elevation, even if just to explore and assess bone density, tooth mobility and most likely favourable path of removal.

 

What’s not good about it.

Like any elevator, it is not designed for and shouldn’t be used with excessive or uncontrolled force. Its fine, sharp blades could both risk the patient’s safety or be damaged themselves.

I’ve also had to purchase several sets of Luxators because all the dentists here prefer them to the older style elevators such as Couplands.

 

Where did you get it.

Symbion Dental

 

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