Lots of people find the thought of tooth loss quite a traumatic experience, even though the actual process is kept completely pain-free. So, what is meant by an atraumatic tooth extraction? In fact, this is a technique that is specifically designed to remove teeth using specialized tools while causing minimal damage or trauma to the surrounding bone and tissues. It is perhaps better described as being minimally invasive, which is something that will certainly appeal to anyone faced with tooth loss and is something of a mantra at Lakeside Center for Implant Dentistry. It’s a technique and a philosophy that we employ wherever possible.
This type of extraction process is highly advantageous as it helps ensure the maximum amount of bone is preserved making it much easier to place dental implants either immediately or at a later date. Atraumatic extractions also help preserve the maximum width and height of the jawbone which makes this gentle technique more acceptable to nervous patients. There is also less risk of damage to the bone, the surrounding gum tissue and other structures nearby such as the nerves. This approach for tooth extraction helps us achieve far better results once the tooth has been restored with a dental implant.
Conventional tooth extraction techniques use ordinary forceps to essentially wobble the problem tooth out of its socket, utilizing horizontal forces to extract it. Atraumatic tooth extractions only use vertical forces to remove the tooth (similar to how one might use a corkscrew to remove the cork from a bottle of wine), preserving the socket and surrounding bone. This technique can also work on teeth that are broken down and those that haven’t been crowned or have vertical tooth fractures.
To avoid any unsightly gaps, the team at Lakeside will place the dental implant at the same time, providing patients with a temporary tooth while the implant heals and fully integrates with the jawbone. We certainly don’t leave our patients with an unsightly gap after tooth extraction as the whole aim is to ensure the entire process is minimally invasive and easy to cope with.
If you’re faced with tooth loss and want to replace your teeth in the least traumatic way possible, Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation appointment to get more information about atraumatic tooth extractions and minimally invasive dental implants.