It is known that most clinical cases of dental implantation require soft tissue incision. After dental implantation surgery, dentists put stitches in order to achieve successful healing of tissues. For that reason, all dentists should know everything about needles in dentistry.
All needles used in dentistry are made of stainless steel. Size, shape and diameter of dental needle depend on the stitching material.
Most dentists considered 1/4 and 1/3 circle needles as the best choice for wound stitching after dental implantation. Moreover, 1/4 circle needles are often used in such precise dental surgeries as recession eliminating with free gingival grafts or pedicle flaps. 1/3 circle needles are used for periodontal membrane fixation and other graft surgeries.
In the process of keratinized gum stitching try to avoid single round point needles because needles with triangular shaped bodies is better choice. It is important to note that a puncture gum tissue can form the unwanted vertical cross-section so use reverse cutting needle.
In addition, you should know some basic rules of stitching so you can use in your practice.
Point your effort along with the needle curve. Always start the stitch from the mobile tissue. Do not grab a large portion of tissue with a small needle, because it could result in difficulties with putting the needle out. Using a sharp needle with minimal effort and timely replacement of blunt needles would simplify the process of gum stitching. Do not put extra effort in carrying out the needle through the soft tissue. It would result in tip blunt or damaging during needle removal. Try to capture the needle not at the tip. Remember that inadequate tissue capturing could lead to flap damaging.
In next article, you will find useful tips about stitching in dentistry and dental implantology. You can’t miss it!