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What to Do if an Oral Piercing Breaks One of Your Teeth

Posted on 7/20/2018 by Scott Redlinger
What to Do if an Oral Piercing Breaks One of Your TeethThe decision to get an oral piercing is a personal one. There are some people who like the idea and others that think it is weird. If you decide to get an oral piercing, you need to learn the dangers.

One of the problems people face because of oral piercings is a broken tooth. It is not something you plan on, but it can happen. Knowing what to do when it happens can make fixing the problem easier.

It Will Happen
When someone gets an oral piercing, they think that they will not ever break a tooth. They are more concerned with the way the piercing makes them look and feel. The problem is that oral piercings can damage the mouth, gums and teeth in a variety of ways.

The oral piercing significantly increases the risk of a broken tooth. It is something that a person should prepare themselves for when they decide to get an oral piercing.

What to Do
Because a broken tooth is likely to happen, there are some things a person should know to do.

•  Save the broken tooth or parts of tooth - Although many people swallow the broken teeth when it happens, if possible try to save the tooth. Place it in a plastic bag if possible.
•  Contact our Dental Offices -The sooner you can see a dentist the easier it is to try to repair the damage.
•  Take out the piercing - Avoid further damage by removing the piercing.

The most important thing to do is contact our office and make an appointment to see one of our dental professionals. It is possible to repair a broken tooth. There are several ways that we can fix the damage.

•  Dental Bonding.
•  Veneers.
•  Crowns.
•  Implants.

Not repairing the damage can lead to more trouble. Bacteria can grow in the broken tooth. Receding gums can occur. Cavities and gum disease can start. No one wants to deal with these issues that can begin with a broken tooth.

Like many dental professionals, we do not recommend the use of oral piercings. If you decide that this is something you want, prepare yourself for a broken tooth. When it does happen, don't waste any time. Contact our office right away to get the help you need to fix the damage.

Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355