What are the risks posed by mouth-piercing?

The primary concern associated with mouth-piercing is the risk of infection. Any of these diseases may be contracted during the procedure:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B, C, D and G
  • Blood-borne diseases

In addition, you have an increase risk of getting endocarditis, a potentially life-threatening disease affecting the heart, during the procedure.

Aside from the risk of infection, the procedure itself may cause trauma to the site, causing blood clots, prolonged bleeding, nerve damage and tissue swelling. The most serious immediate complication associated with mouth piercings occurs if the tongue swelling becomes very severe so as to cut off your breathing. This may happen when the piercing site becomes infected.

The jewelry itself may also pose problems with regard to oral health since it interferes with normal oral functions. It may cause injury to the gums and teeth, which increases your risk for gum and tooth decay. If you have had any work done on your teeth, jewelry can cause cracked teeth and damage fillings, crowns and orthodontics.

Now you can kiss your overbite or underbite goodbye. Have an attractive smile that’s truly remarkable from an expert’s perspective. Call us in Wilbraham today at (413) 596-9657 or use our online Request an Appointment form. Our patients come to us from the Pioneer Valley (Hampden County, MA) towns of Hampden, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wilbraham and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.