Stitches are frequently used after a variety of oral procedures such as extractions and wisdom tooth removal. Thanks to advances in technology, these stitches are usually self dissolving. They are comprised of a special material that can safely remain in your body for an extended time period. Depending on the procedure you received, these stitches should dissolve on their own after a few days or a few weeks.
While it may be tempting to try to cut the stitches or remove them on your own, doing so can lead to complications in the future. Instead, be patients and allow your self dissolving stitches to run their course. If you wish, you can use a warm salt water rinse to help them resolve quicker. In the event they do not go away on their own after the time frame stated by your dentist, it’s important to schedule an appointment at your dentist’s office.
Keep in mind that dissolvable stitches are very common in today’s world. Since they are made of natural materials like processed collagen and some synthetic materials that your body can easily break down, they are completely safe and will not irritate your gums or other areas of your mouth. In most cases, the wound will be completely healed by the time they dissolve.
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