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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.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

It can be uncomfortable to live with a missing tooth—in more ways than one. Everything from eating to having an intimate conversation to dental implantssmiling can be trying. Many patients of Dr. S. Clint Hudson in Huntsville, AL who have this problem find out that are actually good candidates for dental implants. Learn why implants are the best way to complete your smile if you have one or more missing teeth.

Complete Your Smile With Dental Implants
While partial dentures only replace the part of the tooth that shows above your gum line, dental implants are a “whole tooth” replacement. They become connected to your jawline just like your other natural teeth. An implant is made of a special titanium post that can be mounted with an abutment post and a permanent dental crown. The crown fills in the gap that shows when you smile and is perfectly contoured to look like a natural tooth.

Why Implants Are the Best Choice
Some people who believe they can only get dentures find out that they are still candidates for dental implants, which is why you should ask your Huntsville, AL oral surgeon about them. If you're eligible, this should be the preferred choice because it keeps your bone tissue healthy and strong. People who wear superficial dentures often lose facial structure because the unused bone tissue eventually reabsorbs into the body over time. It is also more comfortable to live with an implant over a denture appliance because it is permanent and non-removable.

Dental Implantation Process
Getting a dental implant is technically a surgical procedure, but it doesn't require a lot of time or trouble. After the open tooth socket is thoroughly prepared, the ridged implant is carefully inserted into the bone tissue. It takes a few months for the bone tissue to completely heal over the ridges of the implant and hold it in place. Once the healing process, called osseointegration, is complete, you'll return for your permanent crown.

Filling in the Gaps
You do not have to keep tolerating the discomfort and embarrassment that comes with missing teeth. Complete your smile with a dental implant treatment. Call (256) 533-1282 today to set an appointment with Dr. S. Clint Hudson at his oral surgery office in Huntsville, AL.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Could your oral health be improved with oral surgery? Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon Dr. S. Clint Hudson discusses several reasons that oral oral surgerysurgery procedures are performed.

Wisdom tooth extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction may be needed if the teeth are fully or partially impacted. Impacted teeth are blocked by bone or gum tissue and can't erupt normally. Luckily, removing this third set of molars won't affect your ability to chew and will ease your pain. Even if you don't experience pain, extraction of impacted wisdom teeth can help you avoid damage to nerves or other teeth.

Jaw issues

Oral surgery is used to correct jaw misalignments that affect your ability to chew, speak or eat. It may also be recommended if you experience wear on your teeth due to a protruding jaw, or would like to correct a receding chin. These conditions only affect your appearance, but may also damage your teeth or gums or cause temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) symptoms.

Placement of a dental implant

Dental implants offer a long-lasting solution to missing teeth. Implants consist of titanium posts that bond to your jawbone and act as synthetic roots. When they're connected to dental crowns, implants provide an extremely effective, way to replace entire teeth. Before you receive your implant, your oral surgeon will make an opening in the jawbone, then place the implant inside. In some cases, you may an additional procedure to place bone grafts in your jaw prior to the implant surgery. Bone grafts add depth to your jawbone and are needed if the bone is too shallow to adequately support the implant.

Repair of injuries

You may need to visit our Huntsville oral surgery office if you have injuries as a result of an accident. Oral surgery is used to treat many types of injuries, including facial and jaw fractures, mouth and facial lacerations and damage to nerves or salivary glands.

Oral surgery can help you improve the function or appearance of your teeth or jaw. Call Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon Dr. S. Clint Hudson at (256) 533-1282 to schedule an appointment.