Dr. W. asks:
I am a general practitioner do a lot of surgery on my patients and I place most of my own dental implants. I was fortunate when I did my military service to have the opportunity to do a great deal of extractions under the supervision of caring and very competent oral surgeons. Recently, I have bought a number of new instruments to do atraumatic extractions to preserve bone so I need to do less bone grafting for implants. However, I find that I do just about as much bone removal for teeth that have splayed or curved roots as before I started using the periotomes and Luxators. If I fracture off a root tip, I like to have good visibility by removing part of the buccal cortical plate, especially in the maxillary premolar and molar region. I really have not found these devices to be much of a help. Is it just me? What has been your experience.