An atraumatic extraction is when a tooth or tooth root is extracted with the intention of preserving as much of the bone surrounding the tooth as possible. This is of vital importance if a dental implant
is to be placed in the area in the future. The technique used for atraumatic extractions is similar to that used for normal extractions except that a much greater level of care is taken to preserve the bone surrounding the tooth. Special instruments and techniques are required for atraumatic extractions. If there is only a tooth root present that requires extraction then an atraumatic extraction involves teasing the root out without drilling away the surrounding bone.