The Effect Of Removing Dental Sutures Exceeds The Time Limit?

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Dear doctor, r nOn August 21, I had an operation to remove my impacted tooth. I was asked to come 2 weeks later to remove the stitches. However, the queue for BPJS was full, and it could only be done when September 18th. What I want to ask, will it be a problem if I come for control and remove stitches for more than the requested 2 weeks? Or is it better to come 2 weeks with a non-BPJS patient status? thanks.

1 Answer:

Hello Br,

In general, there are 2 sewing threads, namely absorbable / can be absorbed by the body so it does not need to be taken, and some are non absorbable / not absorbed by the body. It's likely that your dentist used non absorbable threads that will need to be removed after the wound closes.

The removal of these sutures varies from patient to patient because it depends on the healing of the suture wound. In general, suture threads are removed 1-2 weeks after surgery. We recommend that you follow the doctor's instructions to remove the suture threads at the scheduled time. If you have problems with the BPJS, try to ask the BPJS at the hospital again whether you have to queue again / look for new referrals again or not.

Actually, the stitches can be removed longer, but the longer the thread is not removed, of course it makes you feel uncomfortable and if oral hygiene is not maintained, the presence of sutures that are not taken can increase the risk of infection.

During the healing period, you should keep your teeth and mouth healthy, rinse your mouth after eating, avoid sweet and sticky foods, and eat healthy and nutritious foods. Avoid smoking because it can hinder healing.

The following articles are related to the topic of your question:

Dental surgery

Thank you and hope it helps,

dr. Devika Y

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