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Dental Dissolvable Stitches - Dental Health Care Guides
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Dental Dissolvable Stitches

Stitches have been used for centuries by physicians, dentist, and surgeons. Nowadays, dissolvable or absorbable stitches are commonly used either for internal or external wounds. Stitches, including dissolvable ones, have at least three features. They are thickness, elasticity, and decomposition rate. For oral surgery, thin and elastic stitches are used because the wound heals with less scarring. The thickness of stitches depends on the amount of material woven together. The stitches used for gum incisions must be elastic because patients need to speak, eat, and perform oral hygiene after surgery. It requires the mouth to move. If the stitches are not elastic, the stitches can easily tear and this will delay the healing. However, dental stitches do not have to last long. In 5 to 7 days, dissolvable stitches are decomposed naturally by the body.

So, what are the differences between dissolvable and non-dissolvable stitches? As mentioned previously, absorbable stitches are absorbed by the body. The stitches last temporary and your dentist does need to remove them. That is why many people prefer dissolvable stitches to the regular ones. The stitches are able to be dissolved since they are made from natural or synthetic materials that can be broken down by the body over time such as silk and animal intestines. Dentists will decide the material and thickness of the stitches to use so by the time the stitches are dissolved, the wounds heal completely.

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Dissolvable Stitches in Mouth

In few cases, a stitch might not completely dissolve. This is not a big deal but it needs to be removed. The stitch that cannot be absorbed is the one left on the outside of the body so it cannot be reached by body’s fluids and remains intact. A dentist will wait until the wound is closed to remove the remaining stitch. Do not ever pull the stitch on your own. The body’s fluids that contain some enzymes play an important role in dissolving the stitches. That is why absorbable stitches are not placed on the surface of the skin because there is no contact with body’s fluids.

After the stitches are placed the patients should follow the procedure of post-surgery care as instructed by the dentist. It is crucial to take utmost care so the wounds can heal soon and infection can be prevented. The most important thing is to keep the surgical site clean so bacteria won’t grow there and ruin the healing process. However cleaning surgical site cannot be done aggressively as it can hurt the wound. It should be done based on your dentist advice.

Although dissolvable stitches are favorable, they can be infected. In addition, some problems may occur if the stitches are not absorbed properly by the body. The common sign of infection is a fever. So, whenever you feel your body temperature is rising after stitches are placed, see your dentist immediately. The infection is not always related to the stitches. Most of the time, it is due to the wound itself. No matter what the cause is, it’s always better to let your dentist find out what the problem is.

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