Researchers at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) session in Toronto conducted a systemic review of research on the adverse effects of oral piercings over the last 12 years. The study found that common complications related to oral piercings are chipped, fractured, or cracked teeth and gingival recession. Less common but life-threatening complications include Ludwig’s angina, Lemierre’s syndrome, and hemorrhage.
To read more about piercing and oral health, see this list of recent publications indexed in Medline .
The Association of Professional Piercers also provides information on the risks of oral piercing and suggests safety measures.