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A 40-year-old member asked:

What can i do if my dissolveable stitches are falling out after oral surgery, this normal?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: There are different resorb-able sutures types, with different dissolving time frames. These time frames are also an average and depend upon several factors - including a patient's enzymatic activity. Additionally, your diet and oral "activity" could also cause the premature loss of sutures. Within a few days of surgery, then no it is not normal. Give your oral and maxillofacial surgeon a call.
Dr. Reed Day
Dr. Reed Dayanswered
Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: The dissolvable sutures should fall out in 3-5 days.
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes : The resorbable sutures start to "dissolve" because of an inflammatory reaction that occurs in the body. They are meant to start "coming loose" or dissolve in 7-14 days. Sometimes they will fall out sooner if the knot unravels so it depends on how long ago you had them placed.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

My stitches (oral surgery) are disolving after 6 days, Should I be concerned or is that normal?

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Dr. Fady Wadie
Dentistry 9 years experience
Normal : The surgeons use different kinds of suture material depending on the intended purpose. If there's no complications like bleeding or pus this is considered reasonable time for suture To dissolve.

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