Removing Piercings For Dental X-Rays

Removing Piercings For Dental X-Rays
12 February 2018

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If your dentist recommends that you have a dental digital X-Ray done and you have piercings, you may be wondering if you have to remove them. The answer is yes, oral piercings (tongue, lip and cheek jewellery) must be removed before x-rays.

Why Do Piercings Need To Be Removed?

Most people assume that piercings need to be removed because they are metal and this material can interact negatively with the dental digital x-ray. While this is true for an MRI machine, the reason oral piercings need to be removed has nothing to do with the metal materials they’re made of. The need to remove your piercings is because they show up in a dental digital x-ray as a white spot, masking the view of whatever is behind it.. Your dentist needs the x rays to be free of foreign objects in order to make a proper diagnosis of your mouth. Even if you are in excellent oral health, you still need to take out your piercings, so they don’t stand in the way of your dentist seeing the exact contours, grooves and overall shape of your teeth.

How To Care For Oral Piercings

Besides having to remove your oral piercings for a dental digital x-ray, you will need to care for them so they don’t interfere with the overall health of your mouth. Oral piercings make contact with everything you eat and drink; hence, you need to ensure that they are clean to stave off infection. To care for your mouth jewellery, you should:

  • Make sure the area around the piercing is clean

  • After every meal, use an antibacterial mouthwash to remove any bacteria and food particles that are trying to make a home around your piercing
  • Do not click the piercing against your teeth (this is how teeth become chipped)

  • With clean hands, make sure the piercing is tight and secure

  • Maintain good oral health habits by brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing at least once per day

  • Take out your piercings to play sports

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products because they disrupt the body’s natural healing process and can cause piercings to become infected

  • Visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup

To learn more about having a dental digital x-ray done and to schedule your next appointment, please contact us online or by phone at 289-624-1809.

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