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2317 Whitesburg Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 533-1282
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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
July 07, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extractions  

If you’ve suffered severe tooth decay or periodontal disease, sometimes a tooth extraction becomes necessary. Huntsville oral surgeon S. Clint Hudson, DMD, MD, will do everything in their power to help you keep your natural teeth, but in the event that the need for an extraction becomes evident, they can also provide you with the best options for replacing the missing teeth.Extractions

The Importance of Restoring a Tooth

Tooth Alignment
When a tooth is extracted, it creates a large gap or space between the two surrounding teeth. If the tooth is not restored, the surrounding teeth can shift in the mouth. The neighboring teeth may begin to gradually lean or fall into the space created by the missing tooth. This can cause problems with your bite as well as misalignment in your smile.

Preserving Jaw Bone
After a tooth has been removed, the gum and bone tissues slowly begin to recede. The body no longer finds the tissue necessary to support a tooth root so it becomes reabsorbed into the body. But your Huntsville oral surgeon Dr. Hudson can restore the tooth with a dental implant, which will help maintain and preserve the bone tissue and keep it in place.

Options for Restoration:

Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post which is implanted into the jaw. This post is used as an artificial tooth root, on top of which a crown is placed. Together, the post and crown create a natural and durable looking tooth replacement which will restore your bite and your smile.

Bridges and Crowns
If you are missing one tooth with teeth on both neighboring sides, your oral surgeon may suggest a bridge. A dental bridge is essentially exactly what it sounds like. It consists of two crowns, one for each tooth on either side of the gap, and a filler tooth, which replaces the missing tooth. The bridge uses the two neighboring teeth as support. This can be a less expensive option than dental implants, but it can cause stress on the two other teeth that are used for support.

If you’re facing tooth extraction or have already had teeth pulled, talk to your oral surgeon about your options for replacing the missing tooth. Dr. S. Clint Hudson, your oral surgeon in Huntsville, AL, offers dental implants and bone grafting to help restore your smile and your bite. Schedule an appointment today by calling (256) 533-1282.