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S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
2317 Whitesburg Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
October 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you lose a tooth (or even an entire row of teeth) you may qualify for the most reliable tooth replacements available today: dental dental implantsimplants. Placed in the Huntsville, AL, office of your oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson, dental implants provide stable biting/chewing ability, clear speech, and realistic appearance. Read on to learn more about these titanium wonders, and contact Dr. Hudson's office to schedule a consultation.

What does a dental implant look like?

All dental implants have a similar structure—a titanium screw (complete with threads), a metal extension, and a porcelain crown. The screw rests within the jaw bone, and the post supports the crown, the only visible part of your new tooth.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, implants last for several decades after placement. However, on rare occasions, implants do need replacement if oral trauma, infection (peri-implantitis), or teeth clenching damages the bond between the implant and the jaw bone.

Can anyone get dental implants?

Healthy adults and older teens can receive treatment if they have enough bone in the alveolar ridge of their jaws. To qualify patients for the treatment, Dr. Hudson performs a complete oral examination and three-dimensional scan of the jaw at his office in Huntsville, AL.

Are dental implants hard to care for?

Not at all! Following implant placement, there will be a period of time (generally a few months long) during which the titanium piece will create a lasting bond with your jawbone. Once this foundation is solidified, your implants are easily cared for with:

  • Daily flossing
  • Twice a day brushing
  • A nutritious, low-carb diet to keep bone and gums healthy

Where do I go from here?

If you have more questions about dental implants, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Hudson's Huntsville oral surgery office to arrange a consultation: (256) 533-1282.