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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
January 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Would you like to learn more about dental implants from your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson?

Dental implants are synthetic oral appliances that mimic the appearance and functionality of natural teeth, making them an excellent replacement option for people who have lost teeth. Implants can replace single teeth, multiple teeth or all teeth. Available from the Huntsville, AL, office of your oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson, implants are a smart investment because they can last a lifetime when taken care of properly.

More about dental implants

The dental implant consists of a titanium post that's inserted in the area where the lost tooth used to be. The titanium post, a biocompatible material, fuses with the rest of the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This process takes 3 to 6 months to complete from when your oral surgeon inserts the post in a patient's jaw.

Following this period, you'll come back to our Huntsville office to have a connector and crown inserted in the surgical area. The crown will match the rest of your teeth and the temporary crown will be removed. You'll then walk out with a rejuvenated smile.

What are some advantages of dental implants?

  • Dental implants are one of the most successful procedures with a 95% success rate.
  • Dental implants prevent shrinkage or sinkage of the jawbone by providing additional support.
  • They are used for several other procedures like bridges.
  • Implants are easy to take care of and can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.

Interested? Give us a call

If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how they are a great tooth replacement option, be sure to contact the Huntsville, AL, oral surgery office of Dr. Clint Hudson today at (256) 533-1282!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
October 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you lose a tooth (or even an entire row of teeth) you may qualify for the most reliable tooth replacements available today: dental dental implantsimplants. Placed in the Huntsville, AL, office of your oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson, dental implants provide stable biting/chewing ability, clear speech, and realistic appearance. Read on to learn more about these titanium wonders, and contact Dr. Hudson's office to schedule a consultation.

What does a dental implant look like?

All dental implants have a similar structure—a titanium screw (complete with threads), a metal extension, and a porcelain crown. The screw rests within the jaw bone, and the post supports the crown, the only visible part of your new tooth.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, implants last for several decades after placement. However, on rare occasions, implants do need replacement if oral trauma, infection (peri-implantitis), or teeth clenching damages the bond between the implant and the jaw bone.

Can anyone get dental implants?

Healthy adults and older teens can receive treatment if they have enough bone in the alveolar ridge of their jaws. To qualify patients for the treatment, Dr. Hudson performs a complete oral examination and three-dimensional scan of the jaw at his office in Huntsville, AL.

Are dental implants hard to care for?

Not at all! Following implant placement, there will be a period of time (generally a few months long) during which the titanium piece will create a lasting bond with your jawbone. Once this foundation is solidified, your implants are easily cared for with:

  • Daily flossing
  • Twice a day brushing
  • A nutritious, low-carb diet to keep bone and gums healthy

Where do I go from here?

If you have more questions about dental implants, please don't hesitate to call Dr. Hudson's Huntsville oral surgery office to arrange a consultation: (256) 533-1282.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
March 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Want a healthier and brighter smile? Dental implants could be the answer! If you're interested in the treatment, your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon can help.

Several Dental ImplantsDental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability and strength while also preventing any weakening or shrinkage of your jawbone. The oral surgeon then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium post naturally fuses to the jaw.

Afterward, you will return to our office in Huntsville so that we can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment atop of it, and secure a crown on the surface that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental implants have many advantages. Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely one of them, but here are some more advantages to consider

  • A dental implant restores one tooth, a few teeth, or a whole set of teeth
  • If taken care of properly, they last a lifetime
  • They can restore bite and chewing function

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Bone grafting builds up bone in the jaw area that holds teeth, a process needed for some people.

Your oral surgeon makes a small incision exposing bone beneath gums, then adds grafting material, processed bone that serves as a scaffold and, eventually, absorbed by your body and replaced by new bone.

Types of Bone Grafts

There are a variety of bone grafting material, such as:

  • Autograft: Transferring bone from one part of your body to another.
  • Allograft: Processed human bone harvested from a deceased donor.
  • Xenograft: Bone grafting material from an animal, like a cow.
  • Alloplast: Synthetic, man-made, material.

Dental Implant Care:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily.
  • Floss at least once per day before bed
  • Use fluoride-containing products, like toothpaste and mouthwash, as this will help prevent dental decay.
  • A change in diet may also be beneficial, so stock up on fruits and vegetables.

If you have more questions about dental implants, call your oral surgeons in Huntsville, AL, at (256) 533-1282.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
March 14, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: dental implants  

If you've been missing one or more of your permanent teeth, you may have learned to "work around" the loss. However, replacing those Implantteeth is an imperative decision for the future of your dental health, as well as preservation of your self-esteem, and dental implants come highly recommended by Dr. S. Clint Hudson, your oral surgeon in Huntsville, AL. Dental implants give you the freedom to eat comfortably and smile fully, all while protecting the health of your remaining natural teeth. Learn how Dr. Hudson uses dental implants to help his patients restore their smiles in this post.

How dental implants work

After an examination and X-rays, your Huntsville oral surgeon will create a small space in the area where your missing tooth once was. This space will be filled with the implant's post, a small piece of metal that looks like a screw. This is a quick procedure that surprises many patients - the majority of patients experience no downtime or discomfort afterwards. After the jawbone has had time to regenerate around the post - typically 4 to 6 months - the implant's other components can be attached. This includes the abutment, which attaches to the top of the post, and the crown, which is the topmost section and is shaped like a natural tooth.

The benefits of dental implants

As you might have guessed from reading about the implant's post, this is a permanent tooth restoration. You won't need to return to your Huntsville oral surgeon for adjustments or replacements as you would with a bridge or dentures. You don't need to take your implant out in order to clean it, nor do you need to avoid certain foods due to the risk of dislodging the restoration. Just daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups, can keep your implant stable for a lifetime. Dental implants also maintain the rest of your natural teeth by providing a realistic facsimile for a natural tooth.

To schedule a consultation about dental implants with your Huntsville oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson, contact our office for an appointment today!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
December 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsAfter tooth loss, the quickest way to get your smile back to normal is dental implantation surgery. Instead of just hiding a gapped space between your teeth, an implant restores the tooth from the root, providing you with a strong support for an attractive dental crown. Dr. S. Clint Hudson, a skilled oral surgeon treating patients in Huntsville, AL, will let you know if you're a good candidate for dental implants. 

Deciding on Dental Implants
Tooth loss is an embarrassing dental problem that affects millions of Americans. Some patients choose to do nothing about it, opting to live with the discomfort of having smile gaps, while others get temporary denture devices. But if you care about the long-term health and wellness of your smile, talk to an oral surgeon about dental implantation. It is a permanent tooth loss solution that is helping over 500,000 patients per year (estimates by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry).

Are You a Candidate?
For the body to accept any implanted device, it needs to have plenty of healthy bone tissue for support. Dental implants are made of biocompatible material (usually titanium) that becomes embedded in the bone. After taking an X-ray, your Huntsville, AL oral surgeon will be able to see the current condition of your jawbone and decide if you are a viable candidate. You might also need a gum grafting procedure to ensure the success of this treatment.

Your Appointment
Your first appointment for dental implants will likely be very quick. You and your oral surgeon will discuss your smile goals, take X-rays and complete an exam. If you are a candidate for dental implants, you will be scheduled for an appointment to have the device surgically implanted where it is needed. After that visit, you will have to wait a few months to ensure that the osseointegration process (implant combining with your bone tissue) is fully complete. At that time,you’ll be scheduled for the placement of your dental crown, which will fill the space that shows above your gum line.

Your Tooth Replacement
Your smile will be stronger and look much more attractive when you have a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant. Call (256) 533-1282 today to schedule a visit with Dr. S. Clint Hudson. an oral surgeon serving patients at his office in Huntsville, AL.