Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tongue Injury Lacerations

Cuts or lacerations caused by a mouth or tongue injury may require stitches.

Oral lacerations that require stitches include:

  • Wounds longer than 2 cm (3/4 inch)
  • Lacerations through the end of the tongue
  • Lacerations to the cheeks or palate longer than 1.5 cm (1/2 inch)

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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