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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
September 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Extractions  

When a tooth is beyond repair due to disease or injury, it may be necessary to remove it. A “simple” tooth extraction is among the most common in dentistry and certainly not the agonizing procedure depicted in common lore.

They’re referred to as simple extractions because the shape of the tooth and root allows for a fairly straightforward and uncomplicated removal. An example would be the normally cone-shaped upper front tooth that doesn’t offer a lot of resistance during the extraction process.

The process itself is fairly straightforward. Teeth are held in place by the periodontal ligament, an elastic tissue made of tiny fibers that attaches the tooth to the supporting bone. These fibers can be dislodged from the tooth with some careful manipulation — in the hands of an experienced dentist there’s a deft “feel” to the fibers loosening. Once they’ve detached, it requires little effort to remove the tooth; with the aid of local anesthesia, you won’t feel anything but a little pressure.

Immediately after the tooth is removed, we commonly insert bone grafting material in the socket to minimize bone loss until a permanent replacement like a dental implant can be installed after tissue healing. We then place sterile gauze over the site for a few minutes to control bleeding and, depending on the size of the wound opening, we may also place a few stitches to close it. We then give you instructions for caring and cleaning the site over the next few days, and prescribe antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection and anti-inflammatory drugs for any discomfort.

Although a simple extraction is a routine procedure, it’s important to perform a proper assessment of the tooth and the surrounding bone beforehand, including x-rays to determine the tooth’s exact shape and position. If we discover a complication that makes a simple extraction impractical (like multiple roots at acute angles), we may then refer you to an oral surgeon for a more complicated surgical extraction.

It’s our hope you’ll have your natural teeth for as long as you live. But if you must have one removed, you can rest assured it’s a common — and uneventful — experience.

If you would like more information on tooth extraction, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction.”

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
February 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   Extractions  

Teeth crowding is a difficult bite problem (malocclusion) that often involves the entire jaw structure to be evaluated. Normally occurring when the jaw doesn’t have adequate space for normal tooth eruption, teeth coming in later put pressure on other teeth, causing them to develop improperly.

Crowding also makes it difficult to realign teeth with braces because there’s simply not enough room for sufficient movement to take place. The solution may then be to consider the removal of some of the teeth to create enough space for orthodontic treatment.

Not just any tooth can be removed, however — we must first conduct a careful analysis to determine which can be removed to facilitate optimum movement of the remaining teeth without disrupting normal mouth function or affecting appearance. The teeth most frequently removed for this purpose are the bicuspids, located between the cuspids or eyeteeth (which are positioned directly under the eyes) and the molars, the largest teeth in the back of the mouth. Sometimes one premolar tooth on each side of the jaw can be removed without sacrificing future form or function.

There are a few important considerations we must keep in mind when extracting teeth for orthodontic reasons; perhaps the most important is preserving bone at the extraction site. Because continuing bone growth depends on the forces generated by teeth when we bite or chew, bone near a missing tooth socket will tend to diminish over time. If there’s insufficient bone during orthodontic treatment, it may result in gum recession and root exposure — not only damaging to the teeth themselves but also to a person’s smile appearance. To avoid this, we sometimes will consider inserting a bone graft, which will stimulate bone growth, into the empty socket immediately after extraction. While this isn’t commonly done, it’s being considered if the patient’s bone is thin and a concern during healing.

We must also consider how to accommodate other, unrelated tooth loss to assure the final result is visually appealing. It may be necessary in these cases to maintain the space at the missing tooth site for a future restoration once the orthodontics is completed. This takes planning as well as the use of restorations like dental implants, bridges or partial dentures.

Regardless of your bite issues, the field of orthodontics has the appliances and techniques to overcome even the most complicated condition. When necessary, using procedures like tooth extraction can help turn an unappealing, dysfunctional bite problem into a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontic teeth extractions, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”

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.