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Complications of tongue piercing: a review of the literature and three case reports.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20020083     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: The aims of this review of the literature are to offer further insights into possible problems related to tongue piercing and present three case reports showing undesired effects of tongue piercing.
BACKGROUND: From a dental perspective, oral piercings and especially tongue piercings are not a harmless fashion trend since they can be associated with local and systemic risks and complications. A search of the literature was conducted to investigate the documentation of health risks associated with tongue piercing using the MEDLINE database as well as the German literature.
REVIEW RESULTS: The literature contains numerous case reports, a limited number of studies, and a review describing a wide variety of complications, especially in patients who have undergone tongue piercing. In the majority of cases, the piercing of the tongue is performed in the midline. Piercings are made of different materials, usually metal or synthetic materials. Complications during piercing, immediately following piercing, as well as long term were found.
CONCLUSION: The three cases presented here demonstrate some of those adverse effects. The most commonly described oral complication is the damage of teeth and the periodontium caused by tongue piercings. Tongue piercing is a personal decision, but it is important that patients are fully aware of possible oral health hazards.
CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Patients need better information on the potential complications associated with tongue piercing. Dental practitioners should educate patients about potential side effects and possible oral, dental, and systemic complications.
Dirk Ziebolz; Constantin Stuehmer; Katrin van Nüss; Else Hornecker; Rainer F Mausberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-11-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of contemporary dental practice     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1526-3711     ISO Abbreviation:  J Contemp Dent Pract     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-18     Completed Date:  2010-04-14     Revised Date:  2012-09-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101090552     Medline TA:  J Contemp Dent Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  E065-71     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Division of Periodontology, Department of Operative Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry and Periodontology, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Body Piercing / adverse effects*
Foreign Bodies / complications*
Gingival Recession / etiology*,  pathology
Tongue / pathology*,  surgery
Tongue Diseases / etiology*,  pathology
Young Adult

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