Oral and facial piercings are becoming increasingly common. From tongue rings to cheek or lip piercings, all of these can affect the health of your smile as well.
A broken tooth happens when you least expect it. Most fractures from oral piercings happen during meals, when you’re chewing on a mouth full of food and your tongue gets in the way…the next thing you know, you’ve just bitten down on your tongue stud and broken a molar in half. Even people that have had piercings for years can have it happen to them. Unfortunately, these large fractures often require full coverage dental crowns in order to restore the tooth and prevent it from continued breakage.
Lip (or cheek) piercings will gradually rub against the tooth and gum tissue on the inside of the mouth. This continued rubbing of metal against the soft tissue will cause gum recession to occur. Gum recession causes the roots of the teeth to be exposed, which causes tooth sensitivity, loss of support, and esthetic concerns. The only way to restore an area of gum recession is to complete a gum graft over the area and discontinue wearing the piercing before it relapses.
Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
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