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Outside stitches have fallen out, inside ones not yet dissolved. How long does it take to dissolve stitches inside mouth?

After a bicycle fall two weeks ago, my upper lip needed two stitches outside and four on the inside. The outside ones have already been removed by my doctor but I was told that the inside stitches are supposed to dissolve on their own. They have not as yet. How long does it usually take for stitches inside the mouth to dissolve. I was not advised to rinse the lacerated area or do any care other than take an antibiotic for several days after the accident. Is there anything I could be doing to hasten the healing? Thank you.
Asked On : Fri, 26 Oct 2012
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Hello and thanks for the query
The internal stitching takes about 10-15 days to absorb depending upon the type of thread used. Yes you have to rinse your mouth after every meals or drink and make sure that no food particle is attach to the stitched area. No other care is required. Continue the course of antibiotic as prescribed by your doctor. Take semi-liquid diet and avoid hard and heavy diet.
Can do Betadine gargles or lukewarm water gargles for better effect. Consult your doctor for that.
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Answered: Fri, 26 Oct 2012
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