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Atraumatic Tooth Extraction for Bone Preservation

By Eric Schuetz, DMD

Commercial Supporter: Directa AB

When teeth that need to be extracted are damaged, otherwise nonrestorable, or healthy and nonsymptomatic, preserving the natural bony architecture is paramount. Ample good-quality, natural bone remains the most significant factor contributing to long-term implant treatment functionality, esthetics, and overall success. Conventional extraction techniques using inefficient instruments can be traumatic and lead to bone loss, ridge collapse, and a more difficult site for future implant placement and stability. Atraumatically extracting teeth avoids injury to the bone, preserves the socket, and is increasingly important to ensure long-term implant function and esthetics.


  • Identify available instruments for atraumatic tooth extraction techniques.

  • Describe the characteristics of atraumatic tooth extraction techniques and explain the significance of these techniques for dental implant success.

  • Discuss the differences between atraumatic and traumatic tooth extraction techniques.

About the Author

Eric Schuetz, DMD
Private Practice, North Miami Beach, Florida

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