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A 31-year-old member asked:

why do they put in stitches after tooth extractions?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Get a good clot: Sutures or stitches are sometimes placed to insure good clot formation. This is critical to get good healing started so that any bleeding problems are minimized. Some dissolve in a week, others need to be removed.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
To close the wound: The stitches will keep the gums closed over the extraction sockets so it will facilitate healing and also keep the blood clot stable.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Better healing: Approximating the gums helps in faster healing.
Dr. Jeffrey Collura
Cosmetic Dentistry 14 years experience
Usually not needed: Sutures are not needed after most extraction. Sometimes an incision is made to access the bone or roots of teeth, or sometimes tissue tears in the process. On the cases sutures will be needed. If multiple teeth are being removed, the likelyhood of sutures increases.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Sometimes: Stitches are use to hold tissue where the surgeon wants it. Sometimes we need them and sometimes we don't. It is up to the clinical judgment of the operator.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to need a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
Fertility Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: A tooth extraction is very common and a dentist can probably address the incidence. I know that it is less common for young people today because dentists have found ways to protect teeth compared to people my age (58). Still, any procedure, dental or medical, should be performed only after informed consent. I hope this helps, best wishes.
Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 46 years experience
Possibly, but my first question would be,can it be saved ?and if so why take something out then need to worry about what you are going to need to do to replace it?
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A member asked:

What kind of complications might happen from a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Several: Bleeding, infection, pain, dry socket syndrome, and one not seen too often anymore thank goodness- rheumatic fever.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long until I can eat or drink after a tooth extraction?

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Psychiatry 37 years experience
Eat after tooth extr: When anesthesia wears out, within 1-2hours. May need to avoid that area for a day or two.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What problems can occur after a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Dennis Kelley
Dentistry 40 years experience
Bleeding, pain : Dehydration if you are not drinking enough liquids due to the discomfort.
A 32-year-old member asked:

About how long do I need need gauze for after a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Jayang Vora
Dentistry 48 years experience
Atleast 30 minutes: If you do not have any health issue like taking medicine -blood thinners like aspirine then under normal circumstances bleeding should stop in 30 minutes or less.

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