After your impacted or infected wisdom teeth have been removed, your surgeon will place stitches to close the incisions. Stitches or sutures join the cut gum tissue for preservation. Stitches are important for the healthy healing of incisions, and they also prevent infection formation on the surgical site. After you’re done with your wisdom tooth extraction, you can ask your surgeon the type of sutures they used.
Read on to learn more about the different types of wisdom teeth stitches and how to take care of them.
How long does it take for stitches to dissolve?
After wisdom teeth extractions, dental experts use dissolvable stitches to close the incisions. The benefit of using them is that the patient doesn’t have to revisit the dentist to have their sutures removed. As the name suggests, dissolvable stitches subside on their own.
It takes about 7-10 days for wisdom teeth stitches to disintegrate, but in some cases, they may even take a whole month. The time these stitches take to fall out depends on several aspects such as:
- the material of sutures
- type and size of stitch
- extent of wisdom tooth extraction
Some surgeries require the application of non-dissolvable stitches. Your surgeon will inform you when to come back to have the sutures removed. Removable stitches are withdrawn about a week after surgery.
Do wisdom teeth stitches hurt?
The first 24-48 hours post-surgery are most painful. The stitches will be sore and discomforting.
Wisdom teeth stitches aftercare instructions
After the wisdom tooth removal, your dentist will give you tips on taking care of your blood clots and preventing stitches from infections. A dry socket is a painful condition and must be avoided at any cost.
Every patient recovers differently from the surgery. That’s why it is important to follow the post-surgery instructions from your dentist, as they provide guidelines based on an individual’s condition.
Typical aftercare instructions
- After 24 hours have passed of your surgery, gently rinse your mouth with slight warm saltwater. Avoid forceful spitting or swishing, as it can dislocate your blood clot. Simply open your mouth, pointing towards the sink, and let the water fall.
- Your dentist may recommend rinsing with chlorhexidine solution. It is an antibacterial agent that reduces the risk of oral infection.
- If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics, make sure to complete the dosages for proper treatment.
- For the first week post-extraction, avoid using a toothbrush on the surgery area.
Foods to avoid after wisdom teeth removal
For the first 2-3 days following the surgery, eat soft and cold foods and drinks. Avoid spicy foods as they can irritate the surgery site. Here is a list of a few food items you can eat.
- ice cream
- mashed potatoes
- scrambled eggs
Avoid hard and sticky food items as they can dislodge the stitches and blood clot.
- raw carrots
- fruits with tiny seeds
- corn on the cob
- chewy sweets
If you have any more questions regarding your wisdom teeth stitches or need to schedule an appointment, contact your Houston dentist at A+ STAR SMILE DENTAL. We would be more than happy to welcome you. Call us at 281-477-7200.