Oral piercings – Bad for teeth and gums?

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Which oral piercings have which influence on teeth and gums? What do you have to consider with piercing in the oral cavity and what are the alternatives? You can find all information here.

At a glance | Oral piercings

  • Lip & tongue piercing can be harmful
  • Teeth sensitivity to temperature
  • Irritation of the tooth nerve & tooth decay
  • Orthodontist Treatment sometimes not possible
  • No ceramic dentures
  • Regular checks are essential for piercing
  • Alternatives: Twinkles and Dazzlers

Are oral piercings harmful?

Unfortunately, we have to tell you that an oral piercing can actually have negative effects on you. From the point of view of dentists, tongue and lip or oral piercings represent a health risk that should not be underestimated.

It is not just about the generally increased risk of infection in the mouth, which must be considered when piercing the lips, tongue, or cheek. In the long term, the metallic pieces of jewelry often cause damage to teeth and gums. This is mainly due to mechanical stress.

Tongue piercing causes cracks in tooth enamel

The problem with tongue piercings is that the metal constantly hits the teeth when speaking, chewing, or other tongue movements. Over time, this creates fine cracks in the enamel that cannot be treated by a dentist. For those affected, this can mean increasing the sensitivity of the teeth to temperature, irritation of the tooth nerve, and also tooth decay.

Because of this increased mechanical stress, piercing wearers are also advised not to use ceramic dentures, as they could be damaged. Even orthodontic treatment in conjunction with a tongue piercing critical: Orthodontists see the success of the treatment at risk from the fact that the tongue has changed movement patterns due to the piercing. Some, therefore, refuse treatment.

Piercing in the lower lip

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If you have a piercing in the lower lip, the closure usually presses against the gums from the inside. The constant pressure can cause the gums to retreat, and consequential damage such as exposed tooth necks and tooth root damage is possible. A recent study found damage to the gums in 70 percent of all test persons with a lower lip piercing.


So far, Oral piercings have mostly consisted of the precious metal titanium, which is considered harmless in terms of allergies. But there are also piercing jewelry made of plastic, which is gentler on teeth and gums because of its softness. Here, however, the allergy risk is still unclear.

Do you love your piercing? Regular preventive care is important!

As an Oral piercings wearer, you should have your teeth and gums checked regularly in every case. This is the only way your dentist can act quickly at the first sign of tooth damage.

More harmless alternative – Twinkles and Dazzlers

There is also tooth jewelry without the mentioned risks: Twinkles (pieces of jewelry) and dazzlers (motifs made of gold foil) can be stuck to the surface of the tooth and removed again. To do Oral piercings, your dentist slightly roughens the surface and fixes the piece of jewelry with a little light-curing special adhesive. When removing, he removes the jewelry with a special instrument and polishes off the adhesive residue. The tooth surface recovers quickly with a supportive fluoride treatment.


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