I had my wisdom teeth on the right side of my mouth removed a week ago and I had two questions. The first one is am I able to use mouthwash while the wound is still healing. The second one is the stitches put in my mouth are dissolvable and I was wondering how long they would take to completely dissolve. Thank you very much for the help.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 15 - October - 2011, at 02:42 AM

  • Yes you can use a mild antimicrobial mouth wash after wisdom tooth removal. It will help in removing any deposits which are present around the teeth and the tooth extraction socket and is an adjunct to mechanical method of plaque removal.  Mouth wash can be used 24 hours after tooth extraction. Use of mouthwash is not advised on the day of tooth extraction to avoid dislodgement of clot.  Apart from mouth wash, you can also do warm saline rinses to promote the healing process of the socket. Dissolvable stitches will dissolve in 7-14 days. Gut or chromic gut sutures may be given to you after wisdom tooth extraction. Gut sutures dissolve in 5-7 days and chromic gut sutures take 9-14 days to dissolve.  Make sure to keep the tooth extraction socket clean to avoid any secondary infection. Follow the instructions of your dentist. At times, it may happen that the dissolvable stitches don’t dissolve even after few weeks. In such a case, the dentist himself can remove the stitches. For more info on stitches or sutures after tooth extraction, refer to following article..  http://www.identalhub.com/dental-sutures-or-stitches-after-tooth-extraction-873.aspx

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