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So You Want a Tooth Tattoo: 8 FAQs About Safety, Cost, Aftercare, and More – Healthline

Summary

If you’re looking to get in on “tattooth,” the latest (but not exactly recent) ink trend, know that the term “tattoo” is actually a misnomer here.

Tooth tattoos don’t involve inking your pearly whites the way you would your skin. Instead, a dentist applies the design to a dental crown before placing it on the tooth. In other words, you need to get a crown in order to get a tooth tattoo.

The concept of tooth tattoos and dental adornments isn’t new. Early Maya dentists…….

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If you’re looking to get in on “tattooth,” the latest (but not exactly recent) ink trend, know that the term “tattoo” is actually a misnomer here.

Tooth tattoos don’t involve inking your pearly whites the way you would your skin. Instead, a dentist applies the design to a dental crown before placing it on the tooth. In other words, you need to get a crown in order to get a tooth tattoo.

The concept of tooth tattoos and dental adornments isn’t new. Early Maya dentists applied gemstones and precious metals to teeth. In ancient Japan, along with other parts of Asia, many women practiced ohaguro, staining their teeth black as part of their beauty regimen

Let’s be clear: It’s not safe to tattoo your actual teeth.

Traditional tattoos done with needles inject ink into the dermis, the layer of skin just beneath the epidermis, or surface layer. Your teeth have no skin.

What’s more, they’re protected by enamel, so it’s pretty much impossible to tattoo them. Attempting to actually tattoo your teeth would only damage them, not to mention hurt quite a bit.

As for getting a designed dental crown? To date, no clinical research vouches for the safety of so-called tooth tattoos. That said, no evidence points to them being unsafe, either.

For starters, you visit a dentist, not a tattoo studio. Not all dentists offer tooth tattoos, so you’ll need to do your homework to find one who does.

Once you’ve found a dental practice that offers tooth tattoos, book a consultation with the dentist. Before choosing a design, you’ll most likely need an oral exam, just to make sure you’re a candidate for a tooth tattoo.

Dental crowns are caps placed over cracked, damaged, or severely worn down teeth. You’ll typically also get a crown after a root canal to help protect your tooth.

Crowns can be made from various materials, but you’ll need a ceramic or porcelain crown for a tooth tattoo.

Once your dentist determines that you’re a good candidate for a crown:

  1. They’ll prepare the tooth for the crown by removing all cavities and trimming the tooth to create a base for the crown.
  2. They’ll make an impression of the trimmed tooth and surrounding teeth.
  3. Then, they’ll place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it until your new crown is ready.
  4. You’ll choose your tooth tattoo design.
  5. Your dentist will send the impression to a lab where the crown will be made. An artist will apply the design to the crown and seal it to protect from erosion.
  6. Once the crown is ready, usually in about 2 weeks, you’ll go …….

    Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/body-modification/tooth-tattoo