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Usually, dentists do everything in their power to save teeth; however, there are times when the inevitable happens. Wisdom teeth extractions are quite intense and may require the use of stitches to close the tooth socket and prevent it from dying. Their addition can make recovery more tiresome, especially because they can fray, go loose, or fall out. Before you panic, take a deep breath! Let’s find out the reasons behind hanging wisdom teeth stitches and what you can do in this situation.

Why are These Stitches Hanging Out?

Post-extraction oral care already comes with a list of dos and don’ts, and stitches just add more fuel to the fire. Taking care of your wisdom tooth stitches is a big responsibility after surgery. Your dentist prepares you to deal with pain and swelling of gums after wisdom teeth removal, but what about your stitches hanging?

Stitches, also known as sutures, fall out even after meticulous care. This leaves behind a large hole with gum flaps. But do not worry about it if it has been more than 3-5 days after the surgery.

There are various kinds of stitches, and some are meant to fall out and dissolve on their own. At the same time, others need manual removal by your dentist. If your stitches on wisdom teeth are hanging and not supposed to come out, talk to your dentist immediately to avoid any complications.

Why Does This Happen?

Wisdom teeth stitches hanging out is not something too worrisome. They are meant to last a couple of days to aid in the healing process of your gums and get them in shape. However, if they come off too early, it may be due to the following reasons:

  1. Suture Length
    The use of long suture thread may cause it to look like stitches hanging from wisdom teeth sockets.
  2. Dissolvable Stitches
    In other cases, dentists may use dissolvable stitches to close after the wisdom tooth extraction site. These threads are meant to break and be absorbed by your body with time. As degradation takes place, wisdom teeth stitches look like they are hanging or coming out.
  3. External Factors
    Meticulous care is a must post-tooth extraction, more so with sutures. Oral hygiene practices like brushing teeth or eating anything can tug them, making them loose. Therefore, be gentle with your oral routine to avoid disruptions.
  4. Natural Healing
    Your gums may naturally start pushing out stitches after wisdom tooth extraction as part of the recovery process. This gives the impression that stitches used to close wisdom tooth extraction sites are hanging. But in reality, it is a sign that your body is healing properly.
  5. Quality of Stitching
    There are certain instances when the stitches are not secured properly during the procedure, making them hang at the extraction site.

Handling Loosely Hanging Wisdom Tooth Stitches

  • Be very careful and gently brush or floss your teeth.
  • Meticulously cut off the excessive thread.
  • Do not remove them yourself; always get them professionally removed.
  • Wait if the stitches are dissolvable.
  • Do not skip dental visits.

Closing Note

We hope that this blog clears up a lot of misconceptions regarding wisdom teeth stitches. Make sure to adhere to post-operative care instructions provided by your dentist and seek help in case of any concern about your healing progress.

If you have more questions about wisdom teeth extractions, contact Dr. Mussadiq Iftikhar, DDS, MSD, a Stallard Award winner at Sair Dental Group. He is just a call away to help you out. Feel free to get in touch with us. Drop by Fondren Road (832) 924-2666 or Club Creek Drive (281) 558-1199.

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