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

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Published At January 17, 2017
Reviewed AtSeptember 15, 2023

Patient's Query

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.

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The suture or stitches are self-dissolving, they 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.

Patient's Query

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?

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


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.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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