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Oral Piercing and Grills, continued

Jewelry-Related Complications

  • Injury to the gums. 
  • Chipped (fractured) teeth
  • Interference with normal oral function.
  • Allergic reaction/hypersensitivity to metal (eg, nickel). 
  • 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.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend against all oral piercings.
The most common procedure-related risks are swelling, bleeding, and infection.
Oral piercings commonly injure the gums, tongue, or teeth.
Allergic reactions to the metal in piercings and grills may be delayed.
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