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S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
2317 Whitesburg Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 533-1282
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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
September 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Have you heard of bone grafting? It's an amazing oral surgery which replaces bone in the jaw or sinuses to allow for regrowth of normal Regular_Dentistanatomical structure and facial aesthetics. A graft also provides support for tooth replacement with dental implants. In Huntsville, Dr. S. Clint Hudson is the go-to oral surgeon for this simple, yet vitally important, procedure.

What happens during a bone graft procedure?

Most patients needing a bone graft undergo a short oral surgery at the Huntsville office of oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson. Local anesthetic usually suffices for the procedure which opens the gums and deposits bone or bone-like grafting material into the area deficient in structural strength, height, and width.

The doctor closes the grafted area with sutures, and the patient goes home to heal. The graft acts as a scaffold onto which the body naturally deposits its own bone cells. In the ensuing weeks to months, the area becomes ready to accept a dental implant or to simply function well under the normal pressures of biting and chewing.

Sources of bone grafting material

Procedures which warrant bone grafts include oral trauma, advanced periodontal disease, a congenital defect, or tooth loss with subsequent tooth replacement with dental implants.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that over 5 million dental implants are placed every year in the United States. Many of these cases require bone grafting in order to succeed.

Common kinds of bone grafting material include:

  • The patient's own chin or posterior alveolar ridge (autograft)
  • Man-made bone-like paste (alloplast)

Dr. Hudson will determine the amount and kind of grafting material appropriate to your unique situation.

Learn more

If you are contemplating dental implant placement or correction of a jaw or facial bone defect, then Dr. S. Clint Hudson is the Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon to see. Additionally, he is an expert on simple and surgical dental extractions, including wisdom teeth. Find out more during a consultation with Dr. Hudson by calling the office for an appointment: (256) 533-1282.