Minimally Traumatic Extraction and Basic Bone Grafting Techniques for Alveolar Ridge Preservation


EMILIO ARGUELLO, D.D.S., M.SC. Clinical Director of Postgraduate Periodontology, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine; Former Assistant Profes­sor, Department of Periodontology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Private Practice, Denver, Colorado, limited to periodontics.

EDUARDO MARCUSCHAMER, D.D.S. Instructor, Depart­ment of Periodontology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

This course is designed for the practitioner who would like to further understand and learn minimally trau­matic tooth extraction techniques and alveolar ridge preservation procedures. In this hands-on course, participants will learn techniques to preserve the original bone volume during and after the tooth extrac­tion in order to minimize and prevent the necessity for more complex procedures. These techniques will improve the outcomes of restorative treatments such as complete dentures, removable partial dentures and conventional fixed partial dentures. Most importantly, participants will be able to preserve the necessary bone volume of the edentulous ridge for the proper placement of a dental implant thereby minimizing the need for additional bone repair procedures.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the natural remodeling of the alveolar ridge following a tooth extraction
  • Recognize different techniques to extract teeth using a minimally traumatic approach
  • Describe the basic concepts of alveolar ridge preservation
  • Review basic concepts of flap design and flap management for alveolar ridge preservation
  • Understand different suturing techniques utilized in alveolar ridge preservation
  • Discuss the different commercial materials available for alveolar ridge and bone grafting


This course will provide a maximum hands-on expe­rience in the current trends on minimally traumatic tooth extractions and alveolar ridge preservation on surgical models with a tissue management exercise on pig jaws. Participants will have the opportunity to execute different minimally traumatic extraction techniques and perform surgical flaps, bone grafting procedures, and suturing techniques on porcine jaws and specifically designed models. . A take-home video demonstration of the hands-on practice will also be provided.