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Preserving Needle Edges During Dental Suturing Preserving Needle Edges During Dental Suturing

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD

Date Added:

1/1/0001


Summary:

The evolution of suture materials has presented today's clinician with numerous alternatives when performing dental suturing. Contemporary sutures not only eliminate some of the difficulties that the surgeon may have encountered previously during closure, but also decrease the potential of postoperative infection and help provide optimal healing. Despite the sophistication of the suture materials (ie, Perma Sharp, Hu-Friedy, Chicago, IL) and surgical techniques now available, closing a wound still involves the same essential procedure used by physicians who tended to the Roman emperors. The practitioner still utilizes a surgical needle to pull the suture strand as it is placed within the tissue.

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