Dissolvable stitches are the most common way to secure your surgery site after tooth extraction. However, if you’ve never had this type of stitches, then you might be a little nervous about them. In this article, we’ll explain why dissolvable stitches are used and what you can expect from having them. Then, you’ll be able to face your oral surgery- and your recovery- with confidence.
What Are Dissolvable Stitches?
Dissolvable stitches are made using a sterile, medical-grade material that gently breaks down inside of the body. Just like traditional stitches, they help to close an open wound or surgery site and promote proper healing. These stitches begin to disintegrate as your body recovers from surgery. This process varies greatly from person to person, ranging from several days to several weeks.
Why Are They Used?
Dissolvable stitches are common in oral surgeries because they are less invasive than other methods. Because they disintegrate on their own, patients do not need to visit their surgeon to have their stitches removed. They are ideal for oral surgery because they are easy to shape to fit small wounds.
What to Expect From Your Stitches
After your tooth extraction, you will notice your stitches at the site of your oral surgery. They may feel slightly odd or uncomfortable, but should not be painful. Over time, the stitches will either dissolve into your surgery site or fall out. Both are completely normal. Avoid pulling at the stitches, as this can disturb the healing process and cause you pain.
When to See Your Oral Surgeon
After your oral surgery, you will have a follow-up appointment to check on your healing. Be sure to go to this appointment, even if you feel like you are recovering well. In addition to this follow-up, be sure to call your oral surgeon if you have signs of infection after your tooth extraction, or if you have new or worsening pain. You should also see your surgeon if your stitches begin to fall out before your surgery site is fully healed.