If you're thinking about getting your tongue, lip, or cheek pierced, then it's important that you know what sort of risks your new piercing could pose to the health and integrity of your teeth, tongue, and gums. The most damaging effects that oral piercings can have on the mouth include damage to the soft tissue in the mouth, infections such as hepatitis, and uncontrolled bleeding. One of the more common types of oral piercings, a tongue “ring,” has even been associated with impaired breathing since it has the capacity to block airways should it cause the tongue to swell.
Given all of the tissue-related risks associated with oral piercings, it's not hard to understand how damaging they can also be to the teeth. Tongue rings constantly scrape against tooth enamel and can leave behind scratched or chipped teeth as well as exposed nerves. This damage can require cosmetic dentistry professionals to turn to veneers and other devices in order to repair the tooth. If you are considering getting an oral piercing and would like to talk to Dr. Kenn Kakosian about its effects on your smile, then call our office today at (212) 661-9777. To learn more about our services, visit our website.