- Injury to the gums.Â
- Chipped (fractured) teeth
- Interference with normal oral function.
- Allergic reaction/hypersensitivity to metal (eg, nickel).Â
- Interference with oral health evaluation.
- Aspiration or ingestion possible if jewelry becomes loose.
No studies show that grills are harmful to the mouth. However, there is at least one case report of a grill accelerating the caries process in an adolescent.
Grill wearers should be counseled to:
- Remove the grill when eating.
- Limit the amount of time that the grill is worn.
- Brush and floss carefully.
- Watch for symptoms of allergy to the grill's metal.