What is a Dental Papilla Suture?

Zahnfleisch mit eingezeichneter Papille


A papilla suture is a suturing technique used when treating mouth wounds.

Papilla is the name for a certain area of the gingiva, namely the small triangle between your teeth. In the video "Papilla Stitch", the gums were folded to the side (forming a mucosa flap) and a cyst was removed. A gum suture, that is, a papilla suture, will now be performed. To perform the suture, the needle is carefully passed between the teeth at the base of the papilla and emerges from the gums near the palate.

For the purpose of comfort, one should work with absorbable surgical suture material  – because it is less “prickly” for the patient. Although these threads reabsorb, they should be removed after one week for hygienic reasons.

The papilla suture can be executed as a simple interrupted suture or as a back-and-forth suture. You will now see the difference in the animation. First, the simple interrupted suture: The needle passes between the teeth from the outside to the inside and is then knotted. In comparison, the back-and-forth suture now: Here, as soon as the needle emerges on the inside (for example, at the palate), it is inserted once more between the teeth and emerges at the front. If an increased tension of the mucosa flap is expected due to a swelling, for example, a back-and-forth suture technique should be applied as it is more stable.

Click here to see the video: Papilla Stitch

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