Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Alexandria doctors and family dentist offices are continually treating serious infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem, and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily chip tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria offers many restorative dentistry options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.
Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease, or ‘gum disease‘, can cause gum recession and exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hyper sensitivity and pain. While we do offer periodontal treatment at our office, our advice is to avoid the problem right from the start.
These are just a few of the dangers. Dr. James D. Geren at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry can give you more information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have damage, call 703-996-4666 to schedule a consultation.