Re: when to remove dental implant stitches
Thanks White Iceman!
My concern was that, as you stated, stitches left in for a lengthy duration can potentially lead to infection. I was (am) somewhat scared at such a prospect, given that these implants are probably 'last chance saloon' for my mouth! In light of your comments, which confirmed my concerns, I then sought further advice from the British Dental Association.
It seems that, if the site has not healed within the expected timeframe, stitches are not removed (for the fear of infection) because there is a greater risk of infection if they're removed without sufficient healing having taken place. Although I'm concerned because healing hasn't happened as expected, I'm a little more reassured now.
Obviously the need for greater cleanliness/caution is now paramount. Continue with hot salt mouthwashes morning and night and after every meal (I'm also using an antibacterial mouthwash)! Here's hoping ... and best of luck with your implants!