Oral Piercings: Nothing Cool about Tooth Damage

Pierced LipPiercings are one form of self-expression which don’t necessarily require a life-long commitment (like a tattoo). Piercings are easily removable. Thank goodness, because if you have an oral piercings on your tongue or lip, you may want to think twice about wearing it much longer. Long term wear of oral piercings are likely to come at a permanent cost, in tooth damage, and even tooth loss. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, hopes you heed these warnings if you’re debating about whether or not to sport an oral piercing yourself.

Sensitive Teeth and Gums

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, constant contact between oral jewelry and gums damages the gumline and leads to such unpleasant side effects as chipped teeth, fractured teeth, nerve damage, and receding gums. University of Maryland Dental School associate professor – Dr. John K. Brooks – led the research team. Dr. Brooks says, “wearing oral piercing ornaments, even over relatively short periods, may result in significant deformities to gingival tissue (gums) that might not respond satisfactorily to surgery and, in fact, may lead to tooth loss.”

Bad News for Oral Piercing Fans

The study followed a small sampling of five young adults with oral piercings. Among them, three of the patients showed signs of severe gum disease (periodontitis). This periodontal condition is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. As gum tissues and jawbone separate, pockets form and fill with more bacterial infected. One study participant – a 19-year-old woman – presented with significant gum recession after having her piercings for only five months. Once your gingival tissues recede, the roots of your teeth are exposed, and severe infection just becomes a matter of time.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

The best way to avoid tooth damage from oral piercings is to not get them, or take them out if you have them. If you are adamant about keeping your piercings, it is all the more reason to visit your dentist for regular checkups and examinations. Should you sustain damage to your teeth due to oral jewelry, schedule a consultation at Comfort Dental Spa. Contact our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding neighborhoods.