Oral Piercings: Lower Lip Abscess Secondary to A Dislodged Piercing – A Case Report

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Oral Piercings: Lower Lip Abscess Secondary to A Dislodged Piercing – A Case Report

P Nair: Oral Piercings: Lower Lip Abscess Secondary to A Dislodged Piercing – A Case Report. Mal. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2016; 14: 23–27.

Abstract: Body piercings in Malaysia have evolved over the years from a cultural practice to one bearing a strong psychological significance among adolescents and young adults. A brief introduction to the types of piercing jewellery and an overview of the risks and complications secondary to oral and perioral piercings are discussed. A 24 year old female presented with a lower lip abscess secondary to a dislodged perioral piercing that was successfully located using intraoral periapical radiography and comprehensively treated through incision, blunt dissection and retrieval of the dislodged foreign body supplemented with a course of antibiotics. Enforcement of stringent regulations is required in Malaysia with regards to minimal age of piercing, piercer licensing and piercing materials used. Public awareness of risks and complications associated with oral and perioral piercings need to be instilled among the target population at risk of such practices. The National Oral Health Promotion Programme in schools provides a window of opportunity for raising awareness and ensuring the target population is well informed on piercing practices. Dental practitioners play an important role in informing the target population involved in oral and perioral piercing practices of the risks and complications. More in depth studies should be carried out in this area and the government should strictly regulate piercing practices in Malaysia.