Tooth extraction is a harmless and easy procedure that usually does not take more than an hour. However, you should expect some incisions or cuts with stitches as well on the wisdom or other teeth extraction site.

Wisdom teeth emerge after the permanent set settles in and consequently have the least space, resulting in impacted growth. This issue gives rise to many complications, such as gum disease or wisdom teeth infection. In such cases, extraction becomes vital, and incisions are made to get to the wisdom teeth, which are closed via stitches.

How Long Do Wisdom Teeth Stitches Stay On Before Falling Out or Dissolving?

Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure requiring dissolvable stitches to close the gap. The healing time of sutures or stitches on the wisdom teeth is different according to the type; some fall off within some weeks, while others take months to dissolve fully.

Dentists say that sutures should remain in place for about 15 days and then start dissolving. The time depends on multiple factors mentioned below:

  • The stitches’ material used – Palin or gut sutures dissolve within 8 to 10 days. At the same time, chromic gut stitches take 2 days, more like 12 days, to complete the process.
  • Size of the stitch used.
  • The level of wisdom teeth removal.

If conventional sutures are used, then a follow up session for getting them out is scheduled. In some circumstances, the stitches encompassing the wisdom tooth extraction site might feel loose, causing cheek irritation; do not pluck it yourself but ask the dentist to do it for you.

Dry Socket And Wisdom Teeth Stitches

You can develop a dry socket after getting wisdom teeth extracted. They mostly appear in 1 in 10 cases. A dry socket is extremely painful, and its emergence increases healing time to a great extent.
Some of the reasons for dry socket formation are:

  • Wisdom tooth stitches falling out leaving a hole behind.
  • Mouth infection
  • Inappropriate or absence of clot formation

Throbbing or stinging pain after tooth extraction indicates the presence of dry sockets. So to prevent it, you should follow after-care tips carefully. Do not smoke, use straws, etc. You may feel pain after teeth removal because of stitches and your mouth sore for the coming days.

Wisdom Teeth Stitches Infection

It is quite common to have an infectious growth in stitches after teeth extraction. Address the issue, do not let it hang. Get in touch with your dentist immediately; here are some signs to look out for

  1. Pain and inflammation
  2. Pus or redness
  3. Bloody discharge from nose
  4. Bad taste in the mouth
  5. Itching in the tooth hole


If you see that your wisdom teeth stitches are getting an infection, or if the blood scab is not proper, talk to your dentist. Or, get in touch with us at Vintage Oral Surgery in Houston. To schedule an appointment, call now 281 800 8852.

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