Tooth piercings – How is it done?

Tooth piercings – How is it done?
Dr. Thajudheen MD
Jul 16, 2022 | Skin care

You’ve seen ear piercings, body piercings, and oral piercings. What about a couple of tooth piercings? This trend involves putting a gem, stone, or jewelry onto a tooth in your mouth. Nowadays, celebrities are doing tooth piercing, especially rappers in the Hollywood industry; few have done it in the jaw or between teeth.

While the procedure will add some sparkle to your smile, it does have a fair share of risk.
Read further to find out how tooth piercing is performed and, therefore, the potential complications.

What is a tooth piercing?
In tooth piercing, the dentist does not perform a hole in the tooth; instead, they cement the jewelry onto the tooth’s surface.

 Different shapes and sizes of gems are available in the market. Some widespread selections include:
 Clients interested in this procedure usually do it on the anterior teeth of their mouth, near the gum side.

A short-lived tooth piercing will last up to six weeks. If you choose a semi-permanent tooth piercing, you’ll leave it on as long as you prefer.

What’s the procedure?
The tooth piercing procedure is reasonably easy.
You shouldn’t expertise any pain before, during, or after the procedure.

Tooth prep.
Before the procedure, your enamel is cleansed and prepped. Etch the tooth surface with an acid to clean your tooth.
Composite application
Dentists apply a bonding agent and a composite (an organic compound material created for teeth) onto the jewelry attaching area of teeth.
Jewelry placement.
Next, a piercing professional or medical practitioner can use instruments to secure the jewelry into the composite.
A composite curing light cures (hardens) the composite. It takes twenty to sixty seconds for the jewel to stick into the composite.
You must avoid brushing your teeth smartly and ingestion spicy or sticky foods. Maintaining correct oral hygiene after a tooth piercing procedure is necessary. Also, could you try not to bite or play with the attached gem?
Typically, drilling isn’t required to position a tooth piercing; some individuals are interested in drilling a small hole to get a good finishing.
Some people are interested in making a hole in the tooth and placing a ring through it. And this is often not suggested because of irreversible harm to your tooth.

Who performs the procedure?
You can get tooth piercings at a dental clinic or piercing parlor.

As with any variety of piercing, search for a  skilled person who works in a very clean, sterile institution. Some dentists even perform the procedure.

To remove a tooth gem, you’ll wait till it naturally falls off or visit a medical practitioner to get rid of it.

Do you know if there are any complications to bear in mind?
One of the most prominent issues with a tooth piercing is that the jewelry will unknowingly fall from the tooth and be ingested or aspirated.

Other potential risks and complications include:
Tooth sensitivity
Allergic reaction
Chipped or broken adjacent teeth
Enamel wear or abrasion
Gum inflammation or recession around the jewelry
Damage to your lips if the jewelry rubs against them
Tooth decay because of impaired brushing
A foul smell within the mouth
Mouth infection

Additionally,  preparing the tooth for a tooth piercing will permanently change the tooth surface.

Very few studies happened on the security of long-wear of tooth jewelry and piercings. Not all dentists can give this service.

Why get a tooth piercing?
There are several reasons individuals prefer to have a tooth piercing. For one, it’s a preferred fashion statement.

A piercing may hide a tooth discoloration or a stained space if placed within the right spot.

It also can shift attention from irregular teeth in your mouth and is typically wont to fill in little gaps between teeth.

Many people like tooth piercing for a short period; t is a minimally invasive and painless procedure.

However, costs vary. Could you make sure to talk to the piercing professional you’re considering to urge specific fees?

Since it’s a cosmetic procedure, medical insurance is unlikely to cover the prices.

Key takeaways
Tooth piercing may be a hot trend that involves putting jewelry on your teeth.

The procedure is just embedding a jewel into a composite applied to the surface of your tooth. It’s a short-lived procedure that doesn’t create as several risks as different oral piercing techniques.

Still, tooth jewelry will cause complications.

Individuals with a healthy mouth and sensible oral hygiene habits are ideal for this procedure.

It’s necessary to undergo routine dental check-ups to ensure the jewelry isn’t damaging your teeth or gums.

If you decide to do a tooth piercing, please make sure you find a respected and skilled professional to do the procedure.


Dr. Thajudheen MD

Dr Thajudheen is a dermatologist and cosmetic laser surgeon. He founded Dr Thaj Laser Skin & Hair Clinics in cities across southern India, where he pioneered the use of advanced lasers and cosmetology techniques.


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