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2013, vol. 17, iss. 3, pp. 117-121
Complications of oral piercing
aGeneral Dental Practitioner, Thessaloniki, Greece
bAristotle University of Thessaloniki Dental School, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Thessaloniki, Greece
Keywords: Oral Piercings; Complications
Over the last decade, piercing of the tongue, lip or cheeks has grown in popularity, especially among adolescents and young adults. Oral piercing usually involves the lips, cheeks, tongue or uvula, with the tongue as the most commonly pierced. It is possible for people with jewellery in the intraoral and perioral regions to experience problems, such as pain, infection at the site of the piercing, transmission of systemic infections, endocarditis, oedema, airway problems, aspiration of the jewellery, allergy, bleeding, nerve damage, cracking of teeth and restorations, trauma of the gingiva or mucosa, and Ludwig's angina, as well as changes in speech, mastication and swallowing, or stimulation of salivary flow. With the increased number of patients with pierced intra- and peri-oral sites, dentists should be prepared to address issues, such as potential damage to the teeth and gingiva, and risk of oral infection that could arise as a result of piercing. As general knowledge about this is poor, patients should be educated regarding the dangers that may follow piercing of the oral cavity.
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