Oral Piercing and Dental Trouble

All types of piercings come with risks and have the potential to cause injury, infection and other health problems. If you are considering getting an oral piercing, it’s essential to talk to your Montreal dentist at our Westmount dental clinic about the possible risks and proper care of your piercing.

Complications of Oral Piercings

Chipped or fractured teeth. Oral piercings can crack or break your teeth, which may require extensive dental work to repair. Although a broken tooth can be fixed, it’s important to keep in mind that nothing beats preserving your natural teeth as long as possible for optimal oral health and hygiene. Fillings, porcelain crowns and other dental materials are strong, but may need to be replaced after a number of years.

Allergic reaction. Tongue piercings are often made with nickel, which can cause an allergic reaction. Having an allergic reaction after a piercing is placed can cause severe swelling and lead to blocked airways, which can be deadly. If you decide to get an oral piercing, make sure it is made of surgical-grade stainless steel, titanium or 14k gold. If you are aware of an allergy to any metals, it’s best to forgo piercings altogether.

Infection. There is a high risk of infection when you pierce your tongue, lip or cheek. Your mouth is filled with millions of bacteria, and a piercing is an open hole in your mouth that is constantly being exposed to that bacteria. Severe complications resulting from oral piercings may include life-threatening infections and secondary infections such as hepatitis, angina and herpes, which can have long-term effects on your overall health.

Gum recession. Piercings that constantly come in contact with the gums can cause trauma, recession, gum disease, and eventually, tooth loss.

Choking and swallowing hazards. If a piercing comes loose or breaks, it’s easy to swallow, especially if it happens while you’re asleep.

If you opt for an oral piercing, make sure to carefully follow care instructions from the professional who performed it. Your Montreal dentist at our clinic in Westmount is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.