The Troubles of Tongue Piercing

Problems with Tongue Piercings

Did you know that there are many problems associated with tongue piercings? Well, it’s true! Some of the problems include:

  • Chipped Teeth
  • Swelling
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Speech Difficulty
  • Premature Gum Recession
  • Nerve Damage

Below are further details regarding the four major troubles that could occur if you puncture your tongue:

Chipped teeth
Tongue piercings often cause tooth fractures because people tend to chip the tooth on the jewelry when they eat, sleep, talk, and chew. If the tooth is fractured, it will most likely need a dental filling, root canal therapy, or even tooth extraction.

Most tongues swell after they have been punctured. The most dangerous thing about swelling is that sometimes the swelling becomes so intense that it can block the airways and stop oxygen flow. When this happens, doctors need to pass a breathing tube through the nose so the patient can breathe until the swelling reduces.

The tongue is covered with bacteria, which means that it is highly likely that an infection will develop if you pierce your tongue. Once the tongue is punctured, the bacteria is introduced to the blood. Then, the infection can transfer to other areas of the body, like the heart, and cause many complications.

Allergic reactions
Many people experience an allergic reaction when piercing their tongue, so make sure your teen uses the right kind of metal jewelry and the piercer uses a surgical-grade stainless steel tool to puncture the tongue.

Our team at Werschky, Lewis & Slatton Family Dentistry cares for you and your smile, which is why we ask that you keep from piercing your tongue. We do not want you to have to go through any of these pains or inconveniences. If you have any questions or if you need to talk to Dr. Jay A. Werschky about your concerns, please call (810) 671-5616 today and schedule an appointment. We are here to help you maintain the best oral health possible, and we are happy to do whatever we can to make that happen!

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