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A 34-year-old female asked:

I had oral surgery last week for a failed root canal and cyst removal. a stitch fell out today and now it's very sore and swollen should i be worried?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
Call your surgeon: Postoperative swelling will usually reach its peak by the third day after surgery. Losing a stitch should not pose a problem. If your swelling has not decreased in size and you are still experiencing significant discomfort, call your surgeon to find out if he or she needs to see you to determine if your postoperative course is normal or not.
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Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Sore gum: If sore and swollen and getting worse, you should go back and see the surgeon to rule out infection.
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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 years experience
Depends: Sutures are typically left in for 7 days so the fact that it fell out is not unusual. The fact that it is now swollen is something that you should check with your surgeon.
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Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 46 years experience
Probably not: Upon completion of the surgery the doctor usually places several sutures. I one falls out it is unlikely that a significant complication will occur. It is important however that you call the surgeon and advise them of the occurrence. This way if they feel it is important they will request your return for a followup exam. Feel better + good luck.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 46 years experience
Possibly: The maximum swelling after this procedure is 24-48 hrs. After surgery. If you are re swelling 1 wk. Later, get your surgeon to look at it.. Losing a suture at this time period is not the problem. The swelling may be.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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