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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
May 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Though not everybody has issues with them, wisdom teeth are often a source of pain and discomfort. In many cases, an oral surgeon recommends wisdom teeth extraction to prevent related issues and treat the existing problems, especially if the wisdom teeth are Wisdom Teethimpacted. Do you need your wisdom teeth removed? Find out with help from Dr. Clint Hudson at his oral surgery office in Huntsville, AL.

What are wisdom teeth? 
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that most often erupt through the gums in a person’s late teens. They often do not have enough room to grow in and end up growing into their positions incorrectly, causing pain or discomfort, and, in some cases, infection. More often than not, wisdom teeth require removal by an oral surgeon.

Reasons You May Need Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth erupt from the gums last after the other teeth are already in their final places. Often, the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow in, resulting in them being misaligned, impacted in the soft gum tissue, or partially erupted and susceptible to infection. Your dentist or oral surgeon may suggest removing your wisdom teeth before they begin to erupt to avoid any issues altogether.

What can I expect from the procedure for wisdom teeth extraction? 
Depending on the position, location, and problem with your wisdom tooth, your oral surgeon may recommend different methods of extraction. Your oral surgeon can extract a fully erupted wisdom tooth using the same conventional extraction methods as they would on any tooth. A wisdom tooth which has grown in partially erupted or impacted will require oral surgery to remove the tooth, whether in several smaller pieces or as a whole.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Huntsville, AL 
If you think you need your wisdom teeth extracted, a consultation with your oral surgeon can help you understand the procedure and what methods you can expect your oral surgeon to use. For more information on wisdom teeth extractions, please contact Dr. Hudson at his oral surgery office in Huntsville, AL. Call (256) 533-1282 to schedule your appointment today!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
April 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth   tooth removal  

The removal of wisdom teeth might seem like a rite of passage that everyone has to go through in their late teens or early twenties, but wisdom teethit's not always a required procedure. Dr. S. Clint Hudson, your oral surgeon in Huntsville, AL, has many years of experience in treating wisdom tooth problems. Below is information on what wisdom teeth are and why some people need to have theirs removed.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final set of four molars that typically emerge sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. Located in the back of the mouth, they can be useful for chewing foods like meat or raw vegetables. But because earlier humans had larger heads, and therefore larger jaws, many people no longer have room for them to grow in properly. Below are some scenarios that necessitate removal of the wisdom teeth by your Huntsville oral surgeon.

Crowding

Molars are the largest teeth in the mouth, and the wisdom teeth are no exception. If there isn't space for them to come in, they will begin to push up against the other teeth to make room. This can lead to the other teeth becoming crooked, which is especially troubling for those who have already had orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth.

Impaction

This is a situation where the wisdom teeth have essentially become "stuck" in their attempt to break through the gums. Impaction can be complete or partial. When wisdom teeth are partially impacted, leftover food in the mouth can become stuck under the gums where the teeth have started to emerge, leading to infection. Completely impacted wisdom teeth can lead to painful cysts.

Your oral surgeon, Dr. Hudson, can check the status of your wisdom teeth by using X-rays to determine their growth pattern. He may recommend removal before they even come in to prevent problems. The wise thing to do is to contact his oral surgery office in Huntsville, AL, to schedule an evaluation today!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
June 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Dr. S. Clint Hudson
June 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most popular dental surgeries available. In fact, about 85% of people have their wisdom teeth removed. However, this necessary procedure comes with several days of recovery time. Learn how to care for your mouth after wisdom teeth surgery with help from your Huntsville, AL oral surgeon, Dr. S. Clint Hudson.Wisdom Teeth

Taking Care of Your Mouth After Wisdom Tooth Surgery
What to expect: 
The healing time after wisdom tooth surgery is usually about 4 days, but can take up to a week. After your wisdom teeth removal surgery, you will probably experience some pain and swelling. In some cases, the sockets from which your teeth were removed may also bleed. For the first few days, you should avoid solid foods, focusing on maintaining a soft foods diet and avoiding hot beverages like coffee or tea. Foods like yogurt, apple sauce and cottage cheese are great options for your first few days of recovery. You should also avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours after surgery. After the first day, gently brush your teeth and use salt water rinses to help your mouth heal. A large part of the healing process involves the blood clot which forms in the wisdom teeth’s sockets. It is important not to dislodge this clot by eating hard foods before you are ready.

How to ease the recovery process: You should try to rest for a few days after surgery, minimizing your normal daily activities for at least 24 hours. You will likely receive a prescription for medication to help ease pain during your recovery time. Be sure to only take your prescription according to its instructions. To help bring down swelling, you may use an ice pack applied to the jaw to reduce inflammation.

The length and complexity of your recovery depend on you and your teeth. Surgery to remove severely impacted wisdom teeth may take longer to heal than surgery to simply extract teeth which have grown normally. Your Huntsville oral surgeon can help you determine which recovery options are best for you.

For more information on wisdom teeth surgery, please contact Dr. S. Clint Hudson in Huntsville, AL. Call (256) 533-1282 to schedule your appointment today!

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
May 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Wisdom teeth--they are those troublesome back molars that appear in the late teens through early twenties, says the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.These third molars are often dysfunctional, causing more harm than good. Oral surgeon, S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, sees young adults in his Huntsville, AL office who bring complaints of pain, swelling and other serious Wisdom Teethdiscomforts. More often than not, wisdom teeth extraction relieves their symptoms and restores oral health.

Problems with Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth decay easily and subject surrounding hard and soft tissues to health problems--particularly gum disease. Often crowding adjacent teeth and being difficult to clean because of their position in the mouth, wisdom teeth can be painful and even lead to neurological deficits in the facial muscles.

Other difficulties with wisdom teeth include:

  • growing at an acute or even 90-degree angle to adjacent teeth
  • becoming encased in bone or gum tissue (impacted)
  • infection
  • overcrowding a small jaw
  • interfering with orthodontic correction

Some individuals develop persistent halitosis (bad breath), headaches, ear pain, jaw dysfunction and a constant nasty taste in their mouths.

Wisdom Teeth and the Dentist

When a general dentist suspects wisdom teeth issues, he or she will refer the patient to Dr. S. Clint Hudson. Fully-accredited as an oral surgeon, Dr. Hudson performs a comprehensive oral examination on the wisdom tooth patient and also takes x-rays and other kinds of imaging to determine the correct course of action.

If warranted, Dr. Hudson extracts wisdom teeth in his Huntsville, AL office. The individual is kept completely comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure.

Sometimes the gums must be incised to extract an impacted tooth, and afterwards, the patient may have some oozing of blood from the extraction site. At home, application of ice to the jaw helps relieve swelling, and over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen alleviates discomfort.

A soft diet for a few days stabilizes the incision site and facilitates healing. Dr. Hudson recommends no drinking through a straw and no smoking for several days. Warm water rinses soothe the area, too.

Get Evaluated

Teens and adults who still retain their wisdom teeth benefit from a thorough evaluation by S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD. Sometimes these tricky molars need simple observation to be sure they don't cause trouble. Contact the office to set-up a personal consultation: (256) 533-1282.