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:
Frostbite is initially diagnosed based on symptoms and a physical exam.
Various imaging techniques may be used to determine the severity of tissue damage three to five days after re-warming.
After one to three weeks, imaging may also be used to help evaluate the condition of any potentially damaged blood vessels and to identify severely frostbitten areas that may need to be amputated.