Tooth jewellery is the act of placing individual jewels onto the outer surface of the teeth.
There are two main types of tooth jewels:
A collection of yellow and white gold jewellery with some including gems such as diamonds.
A range of glass crystals fixed to the tooth.
Tooth jewellery is not advised by dental professionals and can cause damage to the teeth.
The General Dental Council (the UK’s dental regulator) views the application of tooth jewellery as the practice of dentistry. This means that anybody carrying out tooth jewellery treatments is acting against the law if they are not registered with the GDC.
Unfortunately, illegal application of tooth jewellery is all too common and something which is not safe for your smile.
The health risks of tooth jewellery
Having a jewel stuck onto the surface of your tooth can cause serious damage.
The area of the tooth underneath the gem is impossible to clean and can become damaged. Without daily cleaning, a ‘plaque trap’ can develop, leading to a build-up of bacteria. Over time this can cause tooth decay and tooth loss.
Making the safe choice
Any form of DIY dentistry should be avoided, and it is important that tooth jewels are never applied at home.
If you would like to pursue tooth jewellery as a treatment, discuss it with your dentist first. If your dentist does offer it as a treatment, the gem and tooth will be prepared correctly. You can also be reassured that you are having the treatment in a sterile environment, keeping the chances of infection low.
Even when carried out by a fully trained dental professional, there are still risks associated with having tooth jewellery. The treatment could make it more difficult for you to maintain the health of your mouth and leave you with long-lasting or permanent damage.
Even when applied by a dentist, tooth jewellery is not recommended.
Removing tooth jewellery
Tooth jewellery can feel uncomfortable, and it may rub against the lips, cheeks, or gums.
If you are in discomfort or pain because of your tooth jewellery, it is a sign that you might need to have it removed.
Although it is unlikely that your tooth jewellery has been applied by a dental professional, you will certainly need one if you ever want to remove it.
Never attempt to remove a tooth jewel on your own. The glue attaching the gem to your tooth will be extremely strong and attempting to remove it without dental supervision could cause permanent and painful side effects.
If you would like to remove your tooth jewellery, make an appointment with your dentist.