Lewis D. Gilbert, DDS, LTD

Good Oral Hygiene is Essential to Good Healing

Southern West Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons wants you to heal as quickly as possible after dental implant surgery and good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

In order to heal quickly, follow the post-surgery instruction given to you and use all prescriptions that you are provided. Warm salt-water rinses should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.