Mouth Wounds: When Are Stitches Needed? - Topic Overview
It is important to determine whether your wound needs to be
closed by a doctor. Your risk of infection increases the longer the wound
remains open. Most wounds that require closure should be stitched or closed
with skin adhesives (also called liquid stitches) within 6 to 8 hours after the
injury. Some wounds that require treatment can be closed as long as 24 hours
after the injury.
A cut or puncture inside your mouth may need
stitches if it:
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