Dental Problems

Dental Complications Due to Oral Piercing

Types-of-Dental-ProsthesisDental complications are a major concern now-a-days. One of the cause of dental or oral problems is piercing. Research at TAU (Tel Aviv University) have found out that oral piercings cause an increase in dental complications and fracture teeth. Thus, individuals going for oral piercing must think twice before going for it as they are at a greater risk for both gum diseases and tooth fractures. Read on to know more about the dental complications due to oral piercing which are discussed briefly in this article.

 Dental complications due to Oral piercing

Dentists say that about 15-20 percent of teenagers with oral piercings like lip or tongue piercing are at a higher risk for both gum diseases, dental fractures, periodontal diseases and tooth loss. Some of the dental complications due to oral piercing include the following.

  • Tooth cracking or erosion:

    This is one of the dental complication due to oral piercing. Most of the damage that is caused by the lip or tongue piercing is on the gums and teeth. If the piercing is not located on the precise spot, then it must be removed. The jewelry of the oral piercing will rub against the teeth causing damage to the teeth and resulting in the tooth cracking or erosion.

  • Tooth decay:

    Oral piercing causes damage and erodes the teeth. Once the enamel of the tooth is worn out, it is easy for the natural bacteria present in the mouth to attack and decay the inner tissues of the teeth. This eventually results in tooth loss.

  • Sensitive teeth:

    This is another common dental complication of oral piercing. Oral piercing causes damage to the gums leading to the exposure of the tooth nerves causing tooth sensitivity.

  • Gum erosion:

    The piercing jewelry usually rubs against the gums and causes damage to the gum line leading to gum erosion. Later, the gum erosion may start out bleeding and exposure of inner tissues leading to gum disease within no time period.

  • Gum recession:

    Gum recession is the result of gum erosion. In recession of the gums, the damaged gums may shrink away around the infected spot where the jewelry of oral piercing rubs against it causing further dental problems and halitosis.

  • Tooth scrambling:

    Tooth scrambling is the major dental complication of oral piercing. When the gum recession starts, the jawbone is also exposed to erosion and infection. Thus, infection in the gums and jaws causes the loosening of the teeth and eventually change the alignment of the teeth. Scrambled teeth or loss of tooth alignment is the early sign of dental and gum problems, which is generally caused by the erosion of the gums in the oral piercing.

The above listed ones are some of the dental complications due to oral piercing. These complications are a major sign of severe infection. Thus, if you notice any of the early sign of an infected oral piercing, then immediately get the medical attention. The other complications due to oral piercing include the risk of develop infectious conditions such as infection of pierced and surrounding area, nerve damage, tissue damage, HIV and Hepatitis. This generally occurs due to improper handling of piercing material. Thus, one should take proper care like choosing an professional and experienced one, maintenance of piercing material and proper care after the piercing.

2 responses to Dental Complications Due to Oral Piercing

  1. is there any way of reversing the gum recession??
    I’ve had my lip piercing for about 5 years now and I can see my gums had receeded, not too much yet… so i was wondering about if the damage could be reversed or if it could get worse with time…

    • Hi Dagger, Yes, Gum recession can be revised, but it mainly depends on the extent of gums receded. With time, the condition might worsen. the best way to go for a dental check up and further treatment to prevent the condition from deteriorating.

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