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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.

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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.

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
July 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing a tooth from disease or accident can be traumatic. The good news, though, is that it can be replaced with a life-like replica that restores your smile. One of the most popular and durable solutions is a dental implant, which replaces not only the root of the tooth but the crown as well.

But there's a possible wrinkle with implants — for accurate placement there must be a sufficient amount of bone around it. This could be a problem if you've been missing the tooth for sometime: without the stimulus provided by a tooth as you chew, older bone cells aren't replaced at an adequate rate. The bone volume gradually diminishes, as up to 25% of its normal width can be lost during the first year after tooth loss. A traumatic injury can damage underlying bone to an even greater extent.

There is a possible solution, but it will require the services of other specialists, particularly a periodontist trained in gum and bone structure. The first step is a complete examination of the mouth to gauge the true extent of any bone loss. While x-rays play a crucial role, a CT scan in particular provides a three-dimensional view of the jaw and more detail on any bone loss.

With a more accurate bone loss picture, we can then set about actually creating new bone through grafting procedures. One such technique is called a ridge augmentation: after opening the gum tissues, we place the bone graft within a barrier membrane to protect it. Over time the bone will grow replacing both the grafting material and membrane structure.

Once we have enough regenerated bone, we can then perform dental implant surgery. There are two options: a “one-stage” procedure in which a temporary crown is placed on the implant immediately after surgery; or a “two-stage” in which we place the gum tissue over the implant to protect it as it heals and bone grows and attaches to it. In cases of pre-surgical bone grafting, it's usually best to go with the two-stage procedure for maximum protection while the bone strengthens around it.

Necessary preparation of the bone for a future dental implant takes time. But the extra effort will pay off with a new smile you'll be proud to display.

If you would like more information on special situations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
December 05, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

As you may already know, an oral surgeon does not provide fillings or dental cleanings. Oral surgeons have focused their education in the surgical side of dentistry rather than in the disciplines involved in more day-to-day dental care.Extractions
Here are four common reasons to see a Huntsville, AL oral surgeon:

Implants- Dental implants have become popular in the last decade as a way to replace missing teeth. Getting an implant sounds simple, but there are many different details to take into account. If you are currently planning on getting implants, you need to consider the experience of the person performing the procedure. While many general dentists are trained to perform implant surgery, their experience is limited to a handful of procedures per year. An 

experienced oral surgeon will have far more cases to use as a guide.

Wisdom Teeth- Most general dentists will not attempt to extract wisdom teeth. There are too many complications that they are not equipped to handle. For example, in Huntsville, AL an oral surgeon is able offer different types of anesthesia depending on your wishes and the difficulty of the wisdom tooth removal.

Bone Grafting- Bone loss is a common problem that often needs to be taken care of before dental implant surgery. Bone grafting is highly successful. Again, the experience of a dentist specializing in oral surgery plays a major role in that success.

Extractions-Tooth extraction can be a very complex process, sometimes involving multiple extractions and the careful work only an experienced surgeon can provide. This type of surgery can even involve general anaesthesia. Most general dentists are not equipped for this method of surgery, and will opt to refer you to a surgeon that is equipped.

Many people will never need the services of an oral surgeon, but when you do need one to help you get your smile back, you'll be that much more grateful to have S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC conveniently located in Huntsville! If you are considering any of the procedures above, call us to make an appointment.