While we’re not asked this question every day, we do occasionally come across patients who would like to know whether it’s safe to receive an oral piercing and to have dental implants in one’s smile. While this is not impossible to do safely, there are certainly some very big reasons we encourage you to skip the tongue ring and instead, focus on doing all that you can to protect your oral health, so your implants remain safe!
You Can Damage Your Gums
You know that keeping your gums healthy and safe is a very important part of implant success. When your gums become irritated, diseased, or damaged, the problem can result in inflammation that puts your dental implant posts at risk of failure. While it’s easy to overlook, oral piercings like tongue rings can irritate, damage, and abrade gum tissue due to rubbing. This is one reason why avoiding piercings may be to your advantage.
You Can Damage Your Restoration
An oral piercing can damage your restorations. This is particularly true if you select metal, which is hard enough to crack natural teeth, dental crowns, etc., with prolonged contact or a sudden impact. To protect your teeth, restorations, and dental implants, skipping piercings is often the wisest decision.
Infection Is More Likely
Remember that you’ve got bacteria in your mouth. The bad bacteria can cause infections, which is especially easy to do when you have an oral piercing because this begins by wounding your tongue or other tissue. Can you take excellent care of your piercing and maintain a healthy smile? Yes! However, remember that this requires serious dedication to ensure your entire mouth remains nice and healthy.
We Are Always Happy To Provide Answers To Implant Questions
Whatever your question is when it comes to your dental implants, remember that we will take the time to provide you with a thorough answer. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.