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A cut in the mouth may be on your lips. It could also be inside your mouth.
Many times, the cut is left open and stitches are not needed. But sometimes stitches help with healing or to stop bleeding.
In some cases, the doctor will want to do some tests to check for other problems, like a tooth injury. These tests include imaging tests like an X-ray or a CT scan.
If you have stitches, they will often dissolve on their own. But sometimes a doctor needs to take them out. Stitches are usually removed in about 5 days, but it may depend on the type of cut you have.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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