Wisdom Teeth removed - Problems with stitches, cannot sleep. Help!
Hi, I really need some advice. As I'm writing this, it is 6AM and I haven't slept at all. Well really, I haven't slept more then 6 hours in 4 days since I got my wisdom teeth taken out on Thursday.
Everything seems to be healing well, no dry socket (yet) but the stitches on both sides of my mouth are sticking out and are now irritating the gums. I'm quite positive they are the kind that dissolve by themselves. So I was wondering, can they be removed early by the dentist or would that slower the healing process and possibly cause dry socket?
Also, the main reason I'm not sleeping is because I tend to bite hard while I sleep and since the stitches are sticking out, my back teeth are biting on them and the irritated gums, thus waking me up with excruciating pain. I've tried sleeping with a mouth guard, etc. to keep my mouth from closing but the inside of my mouth gets really dry and irritates the gums even more.
Of course I had to pick a holiday weekend to get my teeth removed so I can only go to the dentist on Tuesday. But any advice would be helpful, as I'm extremely tired and feel like I'm not going to last another sleepless night.
Btw, can stitches be black?
Last edited by Michelle122; 09-06-2011 at 02:53 PM.