Dental Tattoos

Dental tattoos are less common than dental jewelry, but they come with many advantages as far as safety and health are concerned: they are virtually perfectly safe; they won’t interfere with your daily dental hygiene; they can be removed or replaced; and, last but not least, apart from regular cleaning, they don’t require special care.

The term dental tattoo is rather improper, as this procedure does not imply the use of needle, nor does it entice any kind of piercing. Getting a dental tattoo is a practice with a longer history than it may seem at a first glance (China, for example, knew periods of time when such decorations were considered fashionable), but contemporary procedures make the entire procedure safe.

What types of dental tattoos are available?

There are permanent and temporary tattoos. Temporary tattoos are simply applied on the surface of teeth. Permanent tattoos, on the other hand, require special procedures. As such, before sealing a crown, the dental technician sends it to an artist who paints the desired tattoo directly on the surface of the tooth. After that, the crown is sealed and the dentist fixes it in place.

Which are the most common styles?

There are virtually no limits when it comes to the style of such a tattoo. However, due to the fact that the portion of the tooth that gets to be tattooed is very small, people choose things that can be easily recognizable from the distance, such as symbols, flowers, logos or legendary figures.

Are they dangerous?

As long as normal dental hygiene is properly followed, they are safe. On some rare occasions, you may need to see your dentist in order to clean the area around the tattoo, for increased visibility.

Where do people place their dental tattoos?

More often than not, dental tattoos are labial tattoos placed on incisors and canines. Lingual tattoos and tattoos placed on molars and premolars are not equally fashionable, as they lack visibility.

Can such tattoos be removed?

Yes, they can, and the procedure is quite simple in nature, but it requires one or two visits at the dental office.

Which are the drawbacks of getting a dental tattoo?

In some rare cases, they can lead to dental cavities (especially if the tattoo wasn’t done competently in the first place). With time, they can be washed away, in which case you would need to see your doctor to replace the entire tattoo or to remove it professionally.

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