Is It Common For Intraoral Incisions To Open After Jaw Implants?

Q:I have a question about intraoral sutures opening after surgery for Jaw Implants. I hear this is common and a concern I have. Can you let me know if that is something that happens frequently? I would love to hear about that aspect before scheduling a consult for a jaw implant.

A:That is not a postoperative problem on jaw implants that I see since I use long lasting braided Vicryl sutures for intraoral closures as opposed to smooth faster dissolving chromic sutures. I would rather have the patient complain about why the sutures are still there a month later than to encounter an early intraoral wound dehiscence with an implant underneath it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon