There Are Stitches Left From The Wisdom Teeth Removed, Is It Dangerous?
Good evening doctor. A week ago I had an oral surgery to remove my abnormally grown wisdom tooth and hit the adjacent tooth. Finally, the next tooth was pulled out. Then the oral surgeon made up to 4 stitches on my gums. Today the stitches have been removed. But after I got home and I checked, it turned out that there was still 1 thread left, I thought it was a stitch that had not been taken. The question is, what is the danger if I just leave these stitches on the gums? because it has started to cover the gums from the tooth extraction.
Hi Agus, Thank you for your question.
To answer your question, it depends on the type of sewing thread used by the doctor. There are two types of sewing threads, namely non-absorbable sewing threads and absorbable sewing threads. Did you know that the doctor does inner and outer stitches or only outer stitches? The inner stitch will be done before the outer stitch if the wound is deep enough, while the outer stitch will only be done by the doctor if the wound is not too deep. For inner sutures, threads that are used are usually absorbable, while non-absorbable threads are used for outer sutures. If the strings that appear are absorbable threads, then you don't need to worry. However, if the string is a thread that the body cannot absorb, then the body will perceive the thread as foreign and the body will react by releasing a substance that causes inflammation. The presence of this foreign object can potentially cause infection. Therefore, you should go back to the dentist / oral surgeon who handles you to make sure these threads. Without a doctor's examination, it's impossible to be sure. If it is an outer suture (non-absorbable thread) then the doctor will remove the suture.
Hope this information is useful.