Will My Stitches Dissolve After My Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

March 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomballdentists @ 5:39 am
close up of wisdom tooth stitches

When people come in for their wisdom tooth extraction, they’re often less concerned with the procedure itself and more worried about what aftercare will entail.

On a certain level this makes sense; most people will be numbed and sedated for the surgery but will be left on their own for the aftercare. Moreover, they often aren’t sure what all recovery will entail. For example, wisdom tooth surgery is often followed with stitches. Will these stitches dissolve on their own, or will they need to be removed? How do you care for them?

In an effort to make aftercare less intimidating, here’s some information about what you can expect from your wisdom tooth aftercare.

Will Wisdom Tooth Stitches Dissolve?

In most cases, wisdom tooth stitches are designed to dissolve on their own after three or four days. This means that it’s not necessary to return to the dentist’s office in order to have them removed, making recovery substantially easier.

While uncommon, some dentists still make use of stitches that don’t dissolve. In this case your dentist will schedule an appointment for around 7 days after the initial procedure.

My Stitches are Uncomfortable. What Do I Do?

In some circumstances, the stitches can be a little uncomfortable, rubbing against the soft tissues in your mouth. In such situations, you should call your oral surgeon; they’ll be able to help you.

It’s important that you not try to trim or remove your stitches on your own. Doing so dramatically increases your risk of injury or infection. You should rely on the aid of a professional in order to make your stitches more comfortable.

How Do I Care for My Stitches?

Aftercare is one of the most important parts of the wisdom tooth extraction process. Your dentist will give you detailed instructions when you meet them, but there are some general guidelines you may want to keep in mind.

The most important involves keeping the dental clot in place, preventing a condition known as dry socket. You should avoid anything that creates excess suction in the mouth, like straws, smoking, or spitting excessively. Keep this in mind and you’ll be able to get through the recovery process with no issues.

About the Author

Dr. James Geer, a pillar of dental care in Tomball, TX, has dedicated over four decades to serving the community. Opening his private practice in 1977, he has become synonymous with compassionate dentistry. Despite retiring, Dr. Geer’s passion for patient well-being led him back to his practice, where he continues to excel. With a DDS from the University of Texas at Houston and expertise in oral surgery, particularly complex extractions, he ensures top-tier care. Respected within the profession, he holds memberships in esteemed dental organizations.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth surgery, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (281) 357-4337.

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