ADVERTISEMENT

Q. After wisdom tooth removal, stitches are gone but there is a big hole. Is that normal?

Answered by
Dr. Subha
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 09, 2014 and last reviewed on: Sep 10, 2020

Hello doctor,

I had my wisdom tooth removed about two weeks ago and they had put dissolvable stitches. When I looked into my mouth today, the stitches are gone and there is a big hole there. Is that normal?

#

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure that requires suturing. Suturing can be done with resorbable (dissolvable) or non-resorbable materials.

Yours is the dissolvable type as you have mentioned. The advantages of this type of suturing are:

  • They resorb on their own after two to three weeks.
  • You need not visit the dentist for the sake of suture removal.
  • Non-resorbable ones start hurting the surrounding tissues once the wound shrinks. This does not happen with the resorbable ones.

So, you do not have to worry that your stitches are missing. It is very normal. Regarding the big hole that you have mentioned:

  • The entire wisdom tooth that was deep inside the jaw bone has been taken out during surgery. Therefore, the space in which the tooth was present will now be empty. This causes the big hole in the jaw bone.
  • This space will close on its own by slow bone formation. This takes about a month's time.

So, you need not have to worry.

Until then follow these steps:

  • Do not touch the surgical site with a finger, tongue or toothpick.
  • Do not brush hardly in that area.
  • But, regular brushing and the use of mouthwash is necessary.
  • Make sure food particles do not get stuck in the surgical site.

Kindly follow up for further clarifications with a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist


Was this answer helpful?

 | 

Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!



Related Questions:
Why is there bad breath in spite of flossing and using mouthwash?

Hello doctor, Majority of times after I floss and then brush my teeth afterward I use cool mint Listerine mouthwash ... Rinse with a mouthwash twice a day ...   Read full

By What Age Toddlers Should Start Brushing Teeth On Their Own?

.. the normal oral flora. If we encourage our kids at younger age to brush their teeth twice daily, it will become a good habit and it will also help to prevent tooth decay .. ...   Read full

I drank povidone-iodine mouthwash by mistake. Is my health at risk?

.. 10 %) has been used as an external disinfectant prior to surgery for years. The active antimicrobial agent is iodine and is necessary for thyroid hormone synthesis. Excess iodine will be filtered out by the normal kidneys. Povidone is a commonly u...   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read


The New COVID Variant From South Africa (Omicron)
The World Health Organisation has enlisted Omicron to be a variant of concern. Just scroll down the article to know abou...  Read more»
Managing Diabetes During Festive Season
All the festivals are indirectly a danger sign for diabetic patients. Read this article to know more about how to handle...  Read more»
What You Should Eat and Drink for A Healthy Life!!
Food is essential for our survival, and what we eat definitely impacts our health. We can easily reduce the risk of many...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Dentist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.