Mouth Piercings and Jewelry
Oral piercing procedures can cause blood clots, prolonged bleeding, and nerve damage. Tissue swelling may also result. In some cases, tissue swelling may be so severe that it blocks a person’s ability to breathe. You should receive immediate medical attention for blood clots, prolonged bleeding, nerve damage, and swelling.
If you wear mouth jewelry, be aware of the signs of infection including redness, swelling, and pain. Gum tissues may appear inflamed and pull away from your teeth. Mouth jewelry can cause your teeth to crack. It may also damage your fillings, crowns, or braces.
Your dentist will examine your piercing site, teeth, and gums. You will need to remove your piercing to enable your dentist to take the best X-rays possible. The X-rays will identify changes in your teeth, gums, and bones.
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