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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extractions  

Need to have a tooth pulled? A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its dental alveolus or socket. There are a number of reasons extractionwhy dental extractions may be needed. Oral surgeons perform dental extractions. Dr. S. Clint Hudson, which is located in Huntsville, AL, offers a full range of oral surgery services to their patients. Read on to find out when tooth extractions are needed.

1. You have a damaged tooth. If you have a badly decayed tooth, your dental provider will try to fix it with a dental filling, crown or other treatment. Your dental provider may recommend a dental extraction if your tooth has so much damage or decay that repair is not possible. Your tooth may also need to be removed if it is fractured beyond repair.

2. Your tooth is infected. Tooth root infection is a common reason for dental extractions. A root canal is performed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected. However, if the infection is so severe that root canal therapy and antibiotics do not cure it, your tooth may need to be pulled to prevent the spread of infection.

3. You have a crowded mouth. Crowded teeth can be caused by genetics or an injury. Crowded teeth cause wear and tear, tooth loss, and jaw joint damage. Your tooth may need to be removed if have crowded teeth. Sometimes oral surgeons remove teeth to prepare the patient's mouth for orthodontia. The goal of orthodontia treatment is the alignment of the teeth, which may not be possible if you have crowded teeth.

4. You have impacted teeth. Impacted teeth usually occur because of lack of space in the bone. Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are more likely to be impacted. Your dental provider may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed if they cause an infection or discomfort. Wisdom teeth that are healthy and come in properly do not cause problems.

5. You have a loose tooth. A loose tooth will require extraction if it can't be saved. Gum disease is a gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Gum disease can cause teeth to loosen in their sockets. If gum disease has caused loosening of your teeth, surgical extraction by your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon may be required.

Don't put off a dental extraction if you really need it. Call Dr. S. Clint Hudson at (256) 533-1282 right now to schedule a dental appointment in Huntsville, AL. A dental extraction is nothing to fear. Our world-class oral surgeon will perform your dental extraction with a gentle touch!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
March 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Want a healthier and brighter smile? Dental implants could be the answer! If you're interested in the treatment, your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon can help.

Several Dental ImplantsDental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability and strength while also preventing any weakening or shrinkage of your jawbone. The oral surgeon then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium post naturally fuses to the jaw.

Afterward, you will return to our office in Huntsville so that we can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment atop of it, and secure a crown on the surface that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental implants have many advantages. Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely one of them, but here are some more advantages to consider

  • A dental implant restores one tooth, a few teeth, or a whole set of teeth
  • If taken care of properly, they last a lifetime
  • They can restore bite and chewing function

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Bone grafting builds up bone in the jaw area that holds teeth, a process needed for some people.

Your oral surgeon makes a small incision exposing bone beneath gums, then adds grafting material, processed bone that serves as a scaffold and, eventually, absorbed by your body and replaced by new bone.

Types of Bone Grafts

There are a variety of bone grafting material, such as:

  • Autograft: Transferring bone from one part of your body to another.
  • Allograft: Processed human bone harvested from a deceased donor.
  • Xenograft: Bone grafting material from an animal, like a cow.
  • Alloplast: Synthetic, man-made, material.

Dental Implant Care:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily.
  • Floss at least once per day before bed
  • Use fluoride-containing products, like toothpaste and mouthwash, as this will help prevent dental decay.
  • A change in diet may also be beneficial, so stock up on fruits and vegetables.

If you have more questions about dental implants, call your oral surgeons in Huntsville, AL, at (256) 533-1282.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
February 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

What Is Oral Surgery Used For?

Do you need oral surgery? Oral surgeons treat many illnesses, defects, and injuries in the face, head, neck, and jaws. A number of Dentistconditions require the special expertise that only an oral surgeon can deliver. Dr. S. Clint Hudson is one of of the finest dentists in Huntsville, AL.. Read on to find out what oral surgery is used for.


1. Replace Lost Teeth- Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces lost teeth with replacement teeth that feel, fit, and function like real teeth. Dental implants can restore your smile, improve your ability to chew food, prevent bone loss, and prevent your natural teeth from drifting out of place.

2. Dental Extractions- A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. A tooth extraction may be necessary if your tooth is so damaged that it cannot be fixed. In addition, if your wisdom teeth don't have room to grow, you'll likely need to have them pulled. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, swelling and a gum infection.

3. Treat Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder that causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing during sleep. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of sleep apnea. The goal of surgery is to enlarge the airway through your throat or nose that may be blocking the airway passages.

4. Treat a Facial Injury- Oral surgeons are most qualified to deal with facial injuries. Facial trauma is an injury to the face. Oral surgeons are experts in treating facial injuries, including facial lacerations and fractures of the jaw. If you suffer a facial injury, be sure to contact an oral surgeon for a consultation.

5. TMJ Syndrome- When the jaw joint is damaged, it can lead to a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Symptoms of TMJ disorder may include jaw pain, clicking and locking of the jaw joint, and difficulty chewing. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of TMJ disorder. Surgery is designed to relieve jaw pain and fully restore jaw function.

6. Biopsy for Cancer- Only a biopsy may give a definitive oral cancer diagnosis. During a biopsy, your oral surgeon will remove a small amount of tissue for laboratory analysis. A pathologist will examine the cells under a microscope to see if they're cancerous. If oral cancer is detected early, it is almost always curable.


If you need oral surgery, don't wait. We can help you today. Call Dr. S. Clint Hudson at (256) 533-1282 today to schedule an appointment in Huntsville, AL. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
December 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsAfter tooth loss, the quickest way to get your smile back to normal is dental implantation surgery. Instead of just hiding a gapped space between your teeth, an implant restores the tooth from the root, providing you with a strong support for an attractive dental crown. Dr. S. Clint Hudson, a skilled oral surgeon treating patients in Huntsville, AL, will let you know if you're a good candidate for dental implants. 

Deciding on Dental Implants
Tooth loss is an embarrassing dental problem that affects millions of Americans. Some patients choose to do nothing about it, opting to live with the discomfort of having smile gaps, while others get temporary denture devices. But if you care about the long-term health and wellness of your smile, talk to an oral surgeon about dental implantation. It is a permanent tooth loss solution that is helping over 500,000 patients per year (estimates by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry).

Are You a Candidate?
For the body to accept any implanted device, it needs to have plenty of healthy bone tissue for support. Dental implants are made of biocompatible material (usually titanium) that becomes embedded in the bone. After taking an X-ray, your Huntsville, AL oral surgeon will be able to see the current condition of your jawbone and decide if you are a viable candidate. You might also need a gum grafting procedure to ensure the success of this treatment.

Your Appointment
Your first appointment for dental implants will likely be very quick. You and your oral surgeon will discuss your smile goals, take X-rays and complete an exam. If you are a candidate for dental implants, you will be scheduled for an appointment to have the device surgically implanted where it is needed. After that visit, you will have to wait a few months to ensure that the osseointegration process (implant combining with your bone tissue) is fully complete. At that time,you’ll be scheduled for the placement of your dental crown, which will fill the space that shows above your gum line.

Your Tooth Replacement
Your smile will be stronger and look much more attractive when you have a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant. Call (256) 533-1282 today to schedule a visit with Dr. S. Clint Hudson. an oral surgeon serving patients at his office in Huntsville, AL.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
November 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Healthy Tooth GumCould bone grafting help make your future dental implant procedure more successful?

If you’ve been dealing with tooth loss for a while now but just haven’t considered getting your tooth replaced then you may be surprised to learn from our Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon Dr. Clint Hudson that your jawbone has suffered deterioration. Bone loss follows if tooth loss goes untreated, and without a strong healthy bone, it’s more difficult to successfully place an implant.

However, don’t think that just because your jawbone has suffered damage that getting dental implants from your oral surgeon in Huntsville, AL, is completely off the table. In fact, our dental surgeon may recommend getting bone grafting first to ensure that you are able to get dental implants in the near future.

What is bone grafting?

In order to rebuild parts of the jawbone, we will need to replace it either with bone graft from somewhere else in the mouth or by using a special bone grafting material. This material or natural bone is then grafted to the jawbone where it can support a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is the only tooth replacement designed to last several decades (or even the rest of your life). This is because implants are made to function just like tooth roots. Sure, they don’t look like tooth roots but these small metal posts can be surgically placed into the jawbone to provide the bone with the stimulation it requires to remain strong and healthy.

Once the implant is placed and the gums are stitched up, we will need to wait several months before beginning the next phase of the implant process (placing the false tooth). During this healing phase the jawbone and tissue will meld around the implant, making it a permanent part of the jawbone. Once this naturally occurring process (known as osseointegration) is complete, the implant isn’t going anywhere! With the proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

Have you been putting off your tooth loss treatment but think it’s time you did something about it? Whether you require bone grafting or not, our Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon Dr. Clint Hudson is here to talk to you about your options so that you can get your smile back.