Checking about piercings first ‘could reduce need for emergency dentistry’
People intending to have their tongue pierced should do their research first in order to avoid a need for emergency dentistry.
This is the recommendation of Celebrities with Diseases, which warned that badly-placed studs can cause infections by rubbing against the teeth and wearing down the enamel.
Although this can be corrected with a quick filling, the advice portal stated that “in deeper fractures a root canal procedure or even removal of the tooth is needed”.
The article concluded that it is wise to discuss any possible piercings with a dentist first, as they will let patients know things that could cause future problems.
This comes after a recent warning from Professor Stephen Porter, institute director at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, who advised against tongue piercings completely.
“The stud can crack off fillings, particularly in the upper jaw, crack off cusps on the inner aspect of the upper teeth,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s the most sensible thing to do.”