Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

Tongue Piercing…Not a Fan.

Aug 21 2013

At our dental office, we will see patients who have had their tongues or lips pierced.
The result of the piercing will fracture healthy teeth. A concern that I have moreso, is the gum tissue recession and underlying bone loss. This leads to tooth sensitivity and potentially the need for gum tissue grafts.
If the placement of the piercing was done improperly, nerve damage can occur to the tongue muscle. Other side effects can be the inability to swallow due to tongue inflammation, numbness, infection, inhalation, and swallowing of the jewelry.
Tongue piercing has been around since the Aztec and Maya cultures. The illustrations show priests piercing their tongues to draw blood or pass rough cords through the pierced areas to cause pain.

We at Moffitt Restorative Dentistry would rather prevent than treat.

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