5 Stars Dental | Oral Piercing in Roanoke

5 Stars Dental

Jacob H Pham, DDS

6212 Peters Creek Rd
Roanoke, VA 24019

(540) 563-0519

Oral Piercing
 

Fashions change. They always have. From hairstyles to hair colors, mini skirts to midi skirts, and tattoos to mouth jewelry, each generation finds new ways to define itself. Oral piercing and various types of mouth jewelry are increasingly the choice of America’s youth. However, those that wish to pierce should be aware of the risks before making that choice.

Choosing a professional piercer is an important first step when deciding to get an oral piercing. The Association of Professional Piercers (APP), an international non-profit association dedicated to the dissemination of health and safety information related to piercing, certifies piercers that have been properly trained in sterilization, infection control, first aid and blood borne disease transmission. The APP recommends that before you choose a piercer you verify that they use an autoclave sterilizer and do not reuse needles. Also, check the piercing room out to ensure that it is clean and ask if aftercare instructions will be given to you. Above all, listen to your instincts. If the place does not seem to meet all standards, keep looking.

Even when you feel comfortable that you have found an experienced and knowledgeable piercer, you should be aware that all piercing involves some risk. Common symptoms after oral piercing include pain, swelling, and an increased flow of saliva. The mouth is full of bacteria and cannot be kept “clean” in the traditional sense. As a result, infection also occurs more readily after oral piercing. Additionally, if a blood vessel was in the path of the needle during the piercing, severe and difficult-to-control bleeding can result. For some, blood poisoning or blood clots can occur.

Even after the initial healing process, there is the ongoing risk of damage to teeth and gum tissue posed by the mouth jewelry itself. Metal jewelry is often the culprit in cracked or broken teeth. Plastic jewelry reduces this risk, though cannot eliminate it entirely. For piercings of the lips, the “backside” of the jewelry, attached inside the mouth, can be a source of irritation to the opposing tissue. As the metal or plastic rests on the gum tissue, it can abrade and literally wear it away as it moves back and forth. For this reason, it is especially important to check the tissue around and touching any metal or plastic in the mouth regularly to ensure the continued health of these tissues. If the jewelry is causing damage or infection, it is essential to discover this early in the process.

Ultimately, the decision to pierce, or not to pierce, is a personal one. We recommend that you consult your dentist before making such an important decision, and when you make that decision, you do it fully informed and committed to maintaining your oral health.