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The Luxator extraction instrument product range enhances the outstanding selection of high quality extraction instruments from Directa. Modern techniques as implants requires instruments and equipment offering possibilities to achieve fast healing and placement of direct implants after extraction.


What’s the origin of the name ”Luxator”?

”Luxator” comes from the verb ”to luxate” meaning ”loosen, dislodge” (a tooth from its socket).

What’s the difference between Luxator Periotome and Luxator Forte?
Luxator Periotomes are used to cut the periodontal ligaments and by doing so loosen the tooth. Luxator Forte lifts (elevates) the tooth.

How can I see the difference between Luxator Periotome and Luxator Forte?
Luxator Periotomes come in light handles (grey, pale blue or pale yellow) while the Luxator Forte comes in a black handle. The blade also differs.

What happens if I elevate with a Luxator Periotome?
Luxator Periotome is a surgical instrument specially designed for extraction by vertical luxation, correctly used an indispensable instrument in every dental clinic. The tip of the instrument is very thin and sharp to be inserted into the periodontal space between bone and tooth, cut off the ligaments and at the same time compress the alveolar bone. To bend, chip or otherwise damage the tip strong elevation forces are required that may not occur by regular vertical luxation. Should such forces be applied there will be damages to the cheekbone before damage to the tip is made. Luxator Periotomes are not intended for use as elevators! Any kind of use for leverage will result in damages to the tip. The surgical tip is made of hardened stainless special steel specifically developed for surgical instruments thus making a very strong instrument despite the precision thin tip. The hardening process also gives excellent durability in the sharpness of the instrument. In order to meet the demand for elevating technique Directa developed Luxator Forte which is specially designed for tooth elevation.

When should I use the different Luxators?
Examples of use for Luxator Periotome, Titanium and Short Periotome 
L1S: Apical and/or interproximal (L1S is extremely sharp and delicate, use with caution)
L2S, S2S: Apical and/or interproximal
L3C, S3C: General use/starter
L3S, S3S, L5S, S5S: Interproximal
L3CA, S3CA: lingual and/or distal – molars
L3IC: General, lingual and/or distal
L5C: Large molar roots – general use

Examples of use for Luxator Dual Edge Periotome
DE3, DE5: Deep fractured and decayed roots. (DE3 is extremely sharp and delicate, use with caution)

Examples of use for Luxator Forte Elevator
F25, F32, F32C, F40: Elevation 

Why should I choose a curved rather than a straight periotome?
Depending on the tooth to loosen a curved periotome might guarantee a better access.

How do I sharpen a Luxator?
A special sharpening stone is available, suitable for all Luxator instruments from 1mm periotomes to Forte. To sharpen a periotome, place the concave surface of the tip of the blade on the sharpening stone and stroke away. Lift the blade after each stroke and repeat until the blad is sharp. The stone should always be lubricated with sharpening oil or water to avoid clogging of the surface with debris. To obtain optimal result, sharpen the instrument on a regular basis using a Luxator sharpening stone. Sharpen the instrument after thorough cleaning, before sterilization.

What material is Luxator made of?
Stainless Steel, Polyamide PA6.6. Luxator Titanium: titanium nitride coated stainless steel.

Maintenance, cleaning and sterilisation of the Luxator extraction instruments?
Warnings: None
Limitations on reprocessing: No limitations. End of life is determined by wear not number of reprocessing cycles.
Preparation at Point of use: Remove debris with disposable paper or cloth. Biological debris should not dry up.

- Manual cleaning and rinsing: Not recommended.
- Automated cleaning: Dish washer. Cleaning agent: Low alkaline and biocompatible. Follow instructions and observe concentrations given by the supplier. Temperature/ time: 65°ºC recommended/40 min.
- Ultrasonic baths: Cleaning agent: Low alkaline and biocompatible. Follow instructions and observe concentrations given by the supplier. Temperature/ time: 35kHz – 50 kHz / >= 3 min

- Washer disinfector/Thermal (automated) and drying: Cleaning agent: Low alkaline and biocompatible. Follow instructions and observe concentrations given by the supplier. Min temperature/min time: +80° C / 10 min. +90°C / 1 min. +93°C /30 sec.

- Steam autoclave: Pack in sterile bag. Cycle: 134-137°C for 3 min. (273°F) Recommended, higher safety margin. 126°C for 10 min. 121°C for 15 min.
- Dry Heat: Not recommended. Affect the product. The metal becomes softer after continued heat sterilisations.
- Chemklave: Not recommended. The colours may fade after several sterilizations.

Additional information: Use Fixus to hold the instrument during claning process and storing. This prevents damages to the tip and reduces the risk for injurys on personnel. Chemical disinfection NOT recommended.

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