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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
February 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

What Is Oral Surgery Used For?

Do you need oral surgery? Oral surgeons treat many illnesses, defects, and injuries in the face, head, neck, and jaws. A number of Dentistconditions require the special expertise that only an oral surgeon can deliver. Dr. S. Clint Hudson is one of of the finest dentists in Huntsville, AL.. Read on to find out what oral surgery is used for.

1. Replace Lost Teeth- Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces lost teeth with replacement teeth that feel, fit, and function like real teeth. Dental implants can restore your smile, improve your ability to chew food, prevent bone loss, and prevent your natural teeth from drifting out of place.

2. Dental Extractions- A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. A tooth extraction may be necessary if your tooth is so damaged that it cannot be fixed. In addition, if your wisdom teeth don't have room to grow, you'll likely need to have them pulled. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, swelling and a gum infection.

3. Treat Sleep Apnea- Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder that causes repeated awakenings and pauses in breathing during sleep. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of sleep apnea. The goal of surgery is to enlarge the airway through your throat or nose that may be blocking the airway passages.

4. Treat a Facial Injury- Oral surgeons are most qualified to deal with facial injuries. Facial trauma is an injury to the face. Oral surgeons are experts in treating facial injuries, including facial lacerations and fractures of the jaw. If you suffer a facial injury, be sure to contact an oral surgeon for a consultation.

5. TMJ Syndrome- When the jaw joint is damaged, it can lead to a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Symptoms of TMJ disorder may include jaw pain, clicking and locking of the jaw joint, and difficulty chewing. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of TMJ disorder. Surgery is designed to relieve jaw pain and fully restore jaw function.

6. Biopsy for Cancer- Only a biopsy may give a definitive oral cancer diagnosis. During a biopsy, your oral surgeon will remove a small amount of tissue for laboratory analysis. A pathologist will examine the cells under a microscope to see if they're cancerous. If oral cancer is detected early, it is almost always curable.

If you need oral surgery, don't wait. We can help you today. Call Dr. S. Clint Hudson at (256) 533-1282 today to schedule an appointment in Huntsville, AL. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Could your oral health be improved with oral surgery? Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon Dr. S. Clint Hudson discusses several reasons that oral oral surgerysurgery procedures are performed.

Wisdom tooth extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction may be needed if the teeth are fully or partially impacted. Impacted teeth are blocked by bone or gum tissue and can't erupt normally. Luckily, removing this third set of molars won't affect your ability to chew and will ease your pain. Even if you don't experience pain, extraction of impacted wisdom teeth can help you avoid damage to nerves or other teeth.

Jaw issues

Oral surgery is used to correct jaw misalignments that affect your ability to chew, speak or eat. It may also be recommended if you experience wear on your teeth due to a protruding jaw, or would like to correct a receding chin. These conditions only affect your appearance, but may also damage your teeth or gums or cause temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) symptoms.

Placement of a dental implant

Dental implants offer a long-lasting solution to missing teeth. Implants consist of titanium posts that bond to your jawbone and act as synthetic roots. When they're connected to dental crowns, implants provide an extremely effective, way to replace entire teeth. Before you receive your implant, your oral surgeon will make an opening in the jawbone, then place the implant inside. In some cases, you may an additional procedure to place bone grafts in your jaw prior to the implant surgery. Bone grafts add depth to your jawbone and are needed if the bone is too shallow to adequately support the implant.

Repair of injuries

You may need to visit our Huntsville oral surgery office if you have injuries as a result of an accident. Oral surgery is used to treat many types of injuries, including facial and jaw fractures, mouth and facial lacerations and damage to nerves or salivary glands.

Oral surgery can help you improve the function or appearance of your teeth or jaw. Call Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon Dr. S. Clint Hudson at (256) 533-1282 to schedule an appointment.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
August 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

A healthy mouth isn't just about checking for cavities--it includes making sure your teeth, gums, replacement teeth, and jawbones are allcosmetic dentistry functioning properly together. Sometimes, surgery is the best way to get complete relief from your problems. Here are a few of the most common reasons you might need oral surgery to support your dental health.

Wisdom teeth: By the time wisdom teeth are ready to come in, you may not have any more room left in your mouth. Wisdom teeth frequently need to be surgically removed if they become impacted (stuck in the gums), or attempt to grow into a space that’s already occupied by other teeth.

Bone grafting: When you’re missing teeth, the bone that once supported them begins to break down. To restore your jaw bones, particularly if you’re trying to prepare for dental implants, bone grafting can help build up the bone tissue in your jaw.

Dental implants: Implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Dental implants replace the tooth root to maintain the health of your jaw bones and provide a sturdy foundation for your cosmetic replacement.

Jaw correction: Jaw surgery can help correct a severe overbite, underbite, or other defects. It can also be a treatment for TMJ disorder, relieving pain or dysfunction in the joints of your jaw.

Tooth extraction: A tooth may need to be removed if it’s too late to save it with a root canal, or if it has been severely damaged by impact. Alternatively, your orthodontist might plan to remove specific teeth to make more room for a straight smile.

Reconstructive surgery: If your teeth and jaw have been damaged by trauma, or if you or your child have a congenital defect such as cleft palate, oral surgery can help restore normal function and appearance to the mouth.

Huntsville Oral Surgery

Oral surgery can help solve many different dental concerns for a healthier smile. For oral surgery in Huntsville, AL, schedule an appointment with S. Clint Hudson, DMD or call (256) 533-1282 today.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
November 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Somewhere between bites during a recent meal, the inside of your cheek found itself in the way of your teeth. You winced with pain at the resulting bite, and while it was sore for a day or two it seemed to heal over. Now, though, you’re noticing this same area of your cheek gets in the way of your teeth a lot more often, with more bites and sores.

What’s likely happened is that you have developed a traumatic fibroma. When the soft tissues of the inner cheek, lips or tongue heal after being injured, a small bit of fibrous tissue composed of the protein collagen forms like a callous over the bite wound to protect it after it heals. If, however, the process is interrupted by another bite, the fibrous tissue that subsequently forms may be thicker and thus more raised on the surface of the skin. This higher profile makes it more likely the site will be involved in repeated episodes of biting.

If the fibroma continues to be a problem, it can be solved with a simple surgical procedure. A surgically-trained dentist or oral surgeon will remove portions of the fibroma (usually with local anesthesia) to flatten the skin profile, and then close the resulting wound with a couple of stitches unless a laser was used. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be managed with a mild anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin or ibuprofen, and the site should heal in just a few days to a week.

Although the vast majority of fibromas aren’t dangerous, it’s routine practice to have the excised tissue biopsied for abnormalities. More than likely the fibroma tissue will be normal; but by having the fibroma removed and examined, you’ll gain peace of mind about your oral health. In the process, you’ll also eliminate a bothersome and painful problem.

If you would like more information on mouth sores, 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 “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
September 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery   osteoporosis  

Although periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause of bone loss in the mouth, women at or past menopause face another condition that could cause complications with their oral bone health — osteoporosis.

While normal bone goes through a balanced cycle of resorption (the dissolving of bone tissue) and re-growth, osteoporosis, a hormone-induced disease, tips the scale toward resorption. This reduces bone density, which weakens the bone and makes them more susceptible to fracture.

Some studies have shown a link between osteoporosis and existing gum disease; however, the greater concern at present from an oral health standpoint regards the side effects of a certain class of drugs called bisphosphonates used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates slow excessive bone resorption, which helps restore normal balance to the bone growth cycle.

Some long-term users of bisphosphonates, however, may develop a complication in their jaw bone known as osteonecrosis in which isolated areas of the bone lose vitality and die. This can complicate certain types of oral surgery, particularly to install dental implants (which rely on stable bone for a successful outcome). While research is still ongoing, it does appear individuals at the highest risk of osteonecrosis are those with underlying cancers who receive high-dose intravenous bisphosphonate treatment every month for an extended period of time.

It’s important then that you let us know before any dental procedure if you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis and what treatment you’re receiving for it. If you’ve been taking a bisphosphonate for an extended period of time, we may recommend that you stop that treatment for three months (if possible) before undergoing oral surgery. While your risk of complications from osteonecrosis is relatively small, adding this extra precaution will further reduce that risk and help ensure a successful outcome for your scheduled dental procedure.

If you would like more information on osteoporosis and oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Osteoporosis & Dental Implants” and “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”