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.
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.

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentistry Endodontist Paediatric Dentistry Periodontist
#

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?

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentistry Endodontist Paediatric Dentistry Periodontist
#

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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