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This 10-year-old girl presented to the dental office for a scheduled 6 month cleaning and check up.
During the exam, this large and painful ulcerated area was discovered, which was unknown to the mother at the time.
TIKTOK DIY TOOTH GEM
After questioning the child, it was learned that she attempted to apply a tooth gem to her right lateral incisor after seeing the procedure on TikTok. It is known as the TikTok DIY Tooth Gem. Tooth gems are not new. There is a resurgence in interest since they were last popular in the late 90s and early 2000s.
The ulcerated area is a very significant chemical burn from a brand of super glue, but similar damage can occur from glue used for nails. The circled area on the tooth shows enamel damage from the adhesive and removal of the tooth gem.
- Any form of super glue or other similar bonding agents are toxic to humans, and can obviously cause direct damage to tissues
- Potential problems that are well documented include:
- Damage to enamel
- Tooth wear
- Tooth chipping, even when placed in a functional area
- Loss of tooth minerals with subsequent enamel discoloration
- Tooth decay
About the Author: Dr. Richard Simpson, DMD
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