Professional Oral Piercings

  • For best healing and aesthetic results, carefully adhere to the downsizing schedule your piercer gives you for your initial jewelry.
  • The three main rules for oral piercings are: maintain good oral hygiene, drink plenty of water and STOP playing with, tonguing, tapping and/or biting your jewelry.
  • Be aware of the signs of piercing complications and alert Koi immediately if you begin to experience any of them.
  • The cheapest jewelry can call itself hypoallergenic. Remember that is NOT the same thing as implant grade.

Additional Facts & Tips

Oral Piercing Aftercare & Maintenance

  • Drink plenty of water and brush and floss daily. Keeping a normal dental hygiene is best. If you start to notice anything unusual please reach out to your piercer with the number they provide you with their business card.
  • After healing, check the tightness of the jewelry now and then (with clean hands) to avoid choking on, swallowing or inhaling dislodged jewelry.
  • When playing sports, be sure to remove oral jewelry and wear a mouthguard.

Swelling & Downsizing

  • Your oral piercing will be provided with jewelry that may feel extra roomy or long at first.
  • This is to allow for any swelling that will likely occur during healing.
  • Swelling varies greatly from person to person; be patient and adhere to the downsizing schedule your piercer gives you.
  • Several downsizes may be necessary before your piercing sits as close to the piercing site as you want it to.
  • After healing is complete and all swelling is gone, it is important to wear jewelry that is as short or tight as the body allows.
  • Failure to do so may cause gum recession, bone loss or tooth breakage.

Signs of Piercing Complications

  • Unprofessional or poorly healed/maintained oral piercings can lead to a number of serious complications that may require medical care and/or immediate removal of the jewelry.
  • These include: allergic reaction or infection, abnormal skin sensations (paresthesia: tingling, pricking, chilling, burning or numbness), gingivitis/periodontitis, tooth hypersensitivity and/or mobility (loosening), “nested” jewelry (when swelling exceeds the size of the jewelry), gum recession, abrasion/fractures, misaligned teeth, plaque and over-scarring.
  • At Koi we prioritize education and professionalism.
  • We’ll provide you with an expert piercing as well as the aftercare instruction that will help you avoid these complications.
  • Should you experience any of the above, please contact us immediately.

What to avoid?

  • Avoid any externally threaded jewelry.
  • Wearing jewelry that contains nickel/silver is one of the leading reasons that the body can’t heal the piercing.
  • Most people are allergic to it and what can manifest as an extreme infection is often catalyzed by an allergic reaction first.
  • All of the jewelry at KOI is implant grade material, and we do carry 14k solid gold options. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

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