Alaceration is a tear in the epithelial and subepithelial tissues.lot is perhaps the most frequent type of soft tissue injury and is caused most commonly by a sharp object, such a~ a knife or a piece of glass. If the object is not sharp,
the lacerations created may be jagged because the tissue is literally torn by the force of the blow (Fig. 23-3). As with abrasions tile depth (II .: l.u cr.n ion cau \ dr~’, “”0 111l’ liKc’roltions involve the external surface only, but othcr-, e,\knd deeply into the tissue, disrupting lleITCS, blood vessels.
111\1\clc,and other major anatomic cavities and structures.
Soft tissue wounds associated with dentoalveolar trauma are always treated alief management of the hard tissue injury. If the soft tissue is sutured first, time is wasted because the sutures arc likely to be stressed too much and
Then lacerations of tile gingi”a and alvcol.ir IlHlcnsa (or fino, 01 mouth) are noted” they are implv dc)~t’d in one 1;1\'(‘r.if a pat ien I has a laceration of IIll’ l(,ngllt’ 01 lip that involvc-, III use lc, rcsorbable sutures should Ill’ placL’t! to close the muscle layer or byers. after which the IllUCOS;]i~ sutured. \/inor salivarv gland tissue protruding .
Generally, facial skin sutures should be removed 4 to 6 days postoperatively. When removing a suture, it should . be cut and then pulled in a direction that does not cause the wound to gape. Adhesive strips can be placed at the time of suture removal to give external support to the