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Q. My gum graft surgery stitches have become loose. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 17, 2017 and last reviewed on: Sep 14, 2019

Hi doctor,

I had gum graft surgery a couple of days ago. Now, the swelling has gone down around the graft site. I am noticing that some of my stitches on one side are loose and coming out. Should I be worried about this? There is no bleeding. Otherwise, it appears to be healing. I have attached photos for your reference.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • The suture or stitches are self-dissolving, then will get loosen and dissolve in the course of time.
  • I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The gum grafts are adequately placed and tight as required. You do not need to worry about it.
  • The area is healing well, thus continue all instructions as given to maintain hygiene in the area. Take care.

For further information consult a periodontist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/periodontist

Thank you doctor,

I believe my sutures are not self-dissolving because I have an appointment to have them removed. Does this change the initial answer?

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Fine, still it is not a problem as they will become loose when the inflammation reduces. When swelling is reduced gum tissues will shrink and causing the looseness.
  • In the picture, they seem to be adequately holding the restored gum tissue. Do not worry.

For further information consult a periodontist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/periodontist


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