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What Are Atraumatic Tooth Extractions?

You are probably wondering how a tooth extraction can be atraumatic, when people find tooth loss to be a pretty traumatic experience to begin with. No longer! An atraumatic tooth extraction is a tooth extraction technique that uses specialized tools to remove tooth with minimal damage or trauma to the surrounding bone and tissues. It can also be described as being minimally invasive, which is a plus to anybody who is facing with tooth loss, and is the technique we use whenever possible at Archer Dental in Chicago.

Why Are Atraumatic Tooth Extractions Better? 

Over the past decade there has been a great interest in atraumatic extractions in the dental industry. Achieving atraumatic extractions will allow for maximum bone preservation for immediate implant placement. We discuss importance of dental implants here (click) and here (Missing Teeth- What Problems Do They Bring).

It is known that healing time after tooth extraction can vary, depending on how the tooth extraction is performed. The benefit of atraumatic extractions when it comes to same-day implants is not the only one. Atraumatic extractions are more comfortable and less invasive to the patient, causing significantly less swelling and shorter healing time.  With atraumatic extractions the patient can feel normal and return to their regular day to day life sooner. 

With atraumatic extractions the patient can feel normal and return to their regular day to day life sooner. 

What Is Proper Tooth Extraction Aftercare?

Because this method of tooth extraction and wisdom tooth extraction is much less invasive, the healing period is much shorter. Of course, you still need to follow the standard tooth extraction aftercare, like maintaining proper oral hygiene, avoiding vigorous rinsing and hard foods. But overall, you'll find that you have less swelling in the first place. 

Watch this video to learn about standard aftercare after tooth extraction.

Dentist That Performs Atraumatic Extractions In Chicago

For the comfort of our patients and to improve time and quality of implant treatments we now obtain technology to perform atraumatic extractions in Chicago at Archer Dental. The device to perform extractions is called Piezotome Cube by Acteon. One of the many benefits of the Piezotome cube is that it allows for the preservation of the buccal bone and cortical plate - in other words,  if the dentist needs to access the root of the tooth, there is no need to cut flaps or removing bone (those are invasive manipulations that prolong healing time). Because of this less healing time needed to perform implant placement. The atraumatic extraction technique has been introduced into many dental implant courses today due to this benefit. And luckily, now you can have atraumatic extraction in Chicago at Archer Dental.


Standard Tooth Extraction Vs. Atraumatic Extraction

During standard tooth extraction techniques dentist uses forceps to wobble and twist the tooth out of its socket. If you have ever experienced tooth extraction by forceps then you have heard a loud cracking sound as the tooth becomes loose. Atraumatic tooth extraction only uses vertical forces to remove the tooth (like removing corkscrew from a bottle of wine). First the dentist uses the piezotome up and down around the gum line of the tooth to loosen the tooth from the socket. Then the tooth us pulled up with minimal force from the socket. This technique doesn’t have any rotational forces which attribute to damage of tissue and bone. The technique can even work on teeth that are broken and which haven’t been crowned, or which have vertical fractures running the length of the tooth.

How To Avoid Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction?

After the tooth extraction with forceps (the traumatic one), a blood clot forms in the site of removal to protect and heal. This clot is essential to the healing process and should stay in place. Sometimes the clot can be accidentally removed by the patient. In that case the patient might experience the painful complication known as dry socket. Dry socket can be painful and uncomfortable. Worst part is it prolongs the healing process. Best advice we can give to avoid the dry socket, besides following the general recommendations (click) is to have your extraction done at Archer Dental in Chicago by using atraumatic tooth extraction technique.

Will I Be Left With A Huge Hole After The Tooth Is Extracted?

Definitely not! At Archer Dental we will make sure you have some kind of replacement tooth as soon as possible. In some cases we will place the dental implant immediately following the extraction. Additionally, we will make a temporary tooth (temporary crown) while the implant heals and fully integrates with your jawbone. We know how missing a tooth can affect quality of our patient’s life and make sure the entire process is minimally invasive and easy to cope with.


If you are about to have an extraction and want to replace your teeth in the least traumatic way there is, why not ask Archer Dental in Chicago for more information about atraumatic tooth extractions and immediate dental implants in Chicago? A consultation at Archer Dental should be sufficient to discover if this technique will work for you.

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Dental Glossary
Impacted Tooth

A tooth that is not able to break through the gum due to lack of space. Sometimes the tooth can be partially impacted, and peek through the gum but not able to come out completely. 

Computer Tomography

A method of medical imaging to generate a 3D image by combining a large series of 2D X-ray images.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread tooth decay and infections in the mouth.

Dry Socket

Dry socket is a painful dental condition that can happen after a tooth extraction, when the blood clot is dislodged before the wound heals, exposing underlying bone and nerves.


Tooth decay is damage to the enamel of the tooth caused by acids from bacteria on the surface of the tooth. Decay can lead to sensitivity, cavity or infections ir left untreated.

Dental Checkup

Dental checkup appointment involves examination of teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing them and a thorough cleaning of the teeth. 

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