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what to do if i have food stuck in my stitches after wisdom teeth surgery?

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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Be careful: No vigorous rinsing, and do not pick at it with anything or even a toothbrush -- as you could loosen the clot and cause a dry socket. The food particles may loosen by just drinking warm water may help dissolve the food particles and swallowing the water. If it remains stuck, then contact the dentist or oral surgeon who removed your wisdom teeth.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Ask your doc: Patients can get food trapped in the stitches or the extraction site itself. After surgery you should rinse gently with warm water after eating to remove any residual food particles. In my practice patients begin lightly brushing the extraction sites the first day after surgery. If food remains trapped, we sometimes provide a syringe to irrigate the sites with.

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Last updated May 28, 2020

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