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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
March 14, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: dental implants  

If you've been missing one or more of your permanent teeth, you may have learned to "work around" the loss. However, replacing those Implantteeth is an imperative decision for the future of your dental health, as well as preservation of your self-esteem, and dental implants come highly recommended by Dr. S. Clint Hudson, your oral surgeon in Huntsville, AL. Dental implants give you the freedom to eat comfortably and smile fully, all while protecting the health of your remaining natural teeth. Learn how Dr. Hudson uses dental implants to help his patients restore their smiles in this post.

How dental implants work

After an examination and X-rays, your Huntsville oral surgeon will create a small space in the area where your missing tooth once was. This space will be filled with the implant's post, a small piece of metal that looks like a screw. This is a quick procedure that surprises many patients - the majority of patients experience no downtime or discomfort afterwards. After the jawbone has had time to regenerate around the post - typically 4 to 6 months - the implant's other components can be attached. This includes the abutment, which attaches to the top of the post, and the crown, which is the topmost section and is shaped like a natural tooth.

The benefits of dental implants

As you might have guessed from reading about the implant's post, this is a permanent tooth restoration. You won't need to return to your Huntsville oral surgeon for adjustments or replacements as you would with a bridge or dentures. You don't need to take your implant out in order to clean it, nor do you need to avoid certain foods due to the risk of dislodging the restoration. Just daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups, can keep your implant stable for a lifetime. Dental implants also maintain the rest of your natural teeth by providing a realistic facsimile for a natural tooth.

To schedule a consultation about dental implants with your Huntsville oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson, contact our office for an appointment today!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
January 02, 2015
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: oral health  

After you get your new dental implants it's your responsibility to care for them at home in between appointments. Unlike dentures, you can’t just put them in a dental solution at night—implants require around the clock attention. With proper care your dental implants will last as long as the rest of your teeth. Here are a few tips for how to care for your Huntsville dental Dental Implantsimplants after they've been placed.

Flossing Is Important

Since your implants are anchored in your jawline, it's important that you take good care of your gums. Flossing is the best way to maintain your gum health because it allows you to remove food particles and bacteria from around the gum line. Make it a point to floss at least once per day (after each meal if possible) to ensure that your tooth implants last a long time.

Brush with Enamel Protectant

Although the artificial tooth that Huntsville dental implants Dr. S. Clint Hudson DMD places on your implant is usually made of very strong metal or porcelain material, you still need to protect it. When you brush your teeth (twice a day for at least two minutes of course) use a toothpaste that specifically names “enamel protection” as a benefit. This will also help maintain healthy enamel on your natural teeth and resist cavities.

Schedule Regular Cleanings

If you have neglected regular dental cleanings in the past, now is the time to start a new routine. Regular cleanings help ensure that plaque and tartar is removed completely. Tartar is hard and can’t be eliminated with brushing alone. Untreated tartar buildup eventually leads to tooth problems like periodontal disease and gingivitis, which causes teeth to loosen or fall out. Keep your implants secure by maintaining your twice-yearly dental appointments.

Learn More About Dental Implants From Dr. Hudson

Are you interested in dental implants, or is it about time for a cleaning? You can always expect “extraordinary care” from Huntsville dental implants dentist Dr. S. Clint Hudson. Call his office for a consultation today at (256) 533-1282 or visit for more information. 

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
May 05, 2014
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: Huntsville  
A day at the oral surgery practice of S. Clint Hudson, DMD, MD, involves handling many dental implant cases for implantspatients with lost or missing teeth. These high-tech, ultra-light implants are placed by using state-of-the-art imaging and advanced dental techniques. While Dr. Hudson may offer the latest in dental implants, these artificial tooth replacement options came from humble—and historical—beginnings.
In fact, it was the Mayan civilization that exhibited the first examples of dental implants. Archaeologists digging through Mayan burial sites discovered shell pieces that had been shaped like teeth implanted into a woman’s lower jawbone. This female skeleton dated all the way back to 600 A.D.
Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark: Father of Modern Dental Implants
Fortunately, today’s dental implants have come a long way from shaped shells. And that is thanks to the research of Swedish dentist, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, who discovered that when implanted into bone, titanium would integrate with bone, meaning the bone would grow around it. This process, known as osseointegration, is the foundation for dental implants. Dr. Branemark continued his dental implants research for many years, and even implanted the first titanium dental implants in 1965.
Thirteen years later, the Swedish health authorities approved titanium implants for clinical insertion. This go-ahead allowed Dr. Branemark to approach various companies to start developing and manufacturing dental implants. His dental implant system, known as the Branemark System, has been placed more than 7 million times.
The United States Food and Drug Administration approved dental implants for use in the United States in 1982. However, dental implants still had many transitions to achieving the dental implants Dr. Hudson uses at his Huntsville dental implants practice today. For example, advances had to be made in creating the customized crowns that fit over the dental implant and its attachment device, known as an abutment. This process took until roughly 1992 when dentists began to use dental ceramics to mimic a tooth’s natural appearance.
The Modern Dental Implant: Restorative Dentistry Gets Better With Each Passing Moment
Since this time, dental implants have changed in making more customized shapes depending upon where the implant is in the mouth as well as advancements in imaging that make planning for implantation easier and more precise.
Today, Dr. Hudson’s Huntsville dental implant patients reap the benefits of the dental implant.
While they may be small and fairly simple-looking, dental implants have revolutionized the way people are able to correct missing teeth. No other dental intervention offers a permanent, long-lasting and sturdy replacement for a missing tooth or teeth that encourages jawbone growth.
For more information on dental implant services at Dr. Hudson’s Huntsville implant dentistry practice, please call (256) 533-1282. Or continue looking through our website.