Before you get your lip pierced, consider the results of a study made by oral surgeons at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Dentists investigated patients with a lip piercing on only one side of their mouth. Their gums and general oral condition were observed and compared to healthy norms. The results indicate considerable risks to your long-term dental health from piercing a lip.
The most frightening statistic was the prevalence of cracked teeth with lip piercings. Twenty percent (one in every five patients) had tooth fractures and cracks on the side of their mouth with a piercing. Cracks in your teeth can directly lead to root canals and even the loss of your tooth.
The dentists also discovered that patients’ gums were looser on the piercing side and were experiencing greater levels of recession from the teeth. So the piercings also contributed to gum loss. Gum loss leads to an increased risk of tooth decay and is a major predictor of future serious dental procedures and potential tooth loss.
While many young people feel that a lip piercing improves their beauty and their smile, the Sacramento Dentistry Group would like to remind you that nothing improves your looks better than a full set of healthy teeth. Keep that in mind when you consider the risks and eventual costs of a lip piercing.