Gum Stitching - When and Why?

Watch Dental Video about Gum Stitching

Gum stitching is used to close up wounds, e.g., after mouth surgeries.

Stitching up the edges of a wound speeds up the healing process of the wound. Sometimes the stitches burst, especially if they were done too tightly. In such cases, the thread pulls through the gum, resulting in an opening of the wound. Fortunately, even mouth wounds that were not stitched up optimally generally heal well.

Caution is required in cases of bone augmentation surgeries, since the edges of the wound need to be sealed tightly against saliva. In the “Gum Stitching” video you see the use of an absorbable stitching material; although it’s a bit more expensive than non-absorbable material, it’s more comfortable for the patient as it’s perceived to cut the inside of the mouth less.
Gum Stitching

Gum Stitching

Although absorbable threads dissolve after a certain time, they should still be removed after 7 to 14 days (depending on the type of surgery) because of hygienic reasons. Every absorbable thread causes inflammation during its disintegration. Furthermore, food scraps often get stuck in it, thus increasing the local inflammation reaction.

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