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How long do stitches in the mouth take to dissolve?
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Old 28-12-2006, 6:46 PM
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Default How long do stitches in the mouth take to dissolve?

Hi, I had some dissolvable stitches in my mouth a week ago (in extraction sites and between some teeth) I was told that they wouldn't take long to dissolve.

They are irritating me now, I know I shouldn't but I keep fiddling with them, there are loose threads everywhere and its like having food stuck between your teeth, I feel like yanking them out and have pulled a couple out already.

I thought they would have dissolved by now and keep wondering if they used non dissolvable ones by mistake. I am tempted to cut them and pull them out myself? Would it be ok to do this? Do they normally take this long to fall out?

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Old 28-12-2006, 7:06 PM
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A week - 2 weeks normally.

By 'dissolving' it doesn't mean that *pooff* they disappear! But that over the couple of weeks, they will break up, and you will feel loose bits in your mouth, and you will be able to tug bits out. Much like you have been experiencing.

If they were still intact, you wouldn't be able to pull them out without hurting yourself.

It's OK to fiddle about with them a bit, but don't try anything too silly. They'll come out when they're ready.
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Thanks Toothsmith, I guess I am just a little impatient!
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You should have saig 4 months toothsmith
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I had all my wisdom teeth taken out a few weeks ago, some stitches dissolved after 6 days while others took 2 weeks, at which point I was so fed up with them I cut the last couple out.
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You should have saig 4 months toothsmith
And that if any came out before that she must rush straight to casualty?

Otherwise the teeth would grow back?
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