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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

A Guide to Sutures

Categories: Endodontics, Implant Dentistry, Oral Surgery

Author(s): F. Kyle Yip, DDS, MS, MD, Bach Le, DDS, MD, FICD, FACD

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Educational Objectives

After completing this article, the reader should be able to:

  1. Gain a fundamental understanding of tissue repair and the role of suturing.
  2. Recognize the various types of suture materials and needles.
  3. Learn fundamental suture techniques and ergonomics.
  4. Determine alternative suture techniques and their indications.


“Suturing” is a fundamental skill in dentistry but can be a very daunting and confusing topic for many dental providers. Gut suture or polytetra°uoroethylene (PTFE)? Square knot or surgeon’s knot? Simple interrupted or mattress suture? The abundance of available techniques, materials, and clinical applications can be overwhelming. Fortunately, the vast majority of clinical scenarios can be addressed by understanding the basic technique and fundamental concepts. This guide will review wound healing, suture types and materials, and basic and advanced techniques to equip the dental provider with a foundation in wound closure and management.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Karl Schumacher.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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