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What happens to the stitches in my mouth following a surgical extraction?

With today's advanced and modern procedures, stitches from tooth extractions typically dissolve and absorb on their own. A follow up visit to the dentist is typically not necessary for removal of these stitches for this reason. Your dentist will advise you following the procedure on your stitches and other follow up care.
If you received stitches during your surgical extraction, the stitches will dissolve on their own in about two weeks. You can rinse with warm salt water to help them dissolve. If they do not go away on their own, they may need to be removed by a surgeon or dentist.

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