December 26, 2014

The Dangers of Oral Piercing

Tags: cosmetic dentistry Los Angeles, dental crowns Beverly Hills

If you live in the Los Angeles area and are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, read this:

InfectionYour 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. Los Angeles dentists and doctors 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.

Tooth DamageIt should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal banging 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, Century City Aesthetic Dentistry in Los Angeles offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and SwellingThe 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.

Gum RecessionA 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. Again, our advice is to avoid the problem right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers. Bill Dorfman at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry can give you more information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have damage, call 877-703-7062 to schedule a consultation for crowns, fillings, or other restorative dentistry.