Didn’t you know? Teeth tattoos are a cool new “fashion trend’’ that are all the rage — you know, in certain circles.
History of Tooth Tattoos
The Suburban Dental Laboratory created the first tooth tattoo about 20 years ago when a patient wanted a corvette on his tooth. Fulfilling his order with the first ever “tattooth” the laboratory has accepted all types of tattoo requests, with their most popular being shamrocks, sports team logos, and text.
As of 2016, nearly every commercial dental lab across the country provides this service, and lab technicians are willing to push the envelope in order to fulfill any conceivable tattoo request. The average cost of getting a tooth tattoo is around $200, with elaborate designs and multiple colors costing a little extra.
Who Can Get a Tooth Tattoo?
To get a tooth tattoo, your patient needs a new dental crown. As dental crowns are typically only used as caps to cover damaged teeth, not everyone can get a tattooed tooth. Dental crowns help restore your smile by completely hiding the tooth underneath. Tattooed crowns provide all the normal benefits of a regular crown, giving the look and feel of an actual tooth with extra artwork. You can advertised the tattooth to any patient needing to:
- Straighten teeth
- Protect sensitive teeth
- Replace fillings
- Repair a chipped tooth
- Make teeth look better
Tooth tattoos are restricted to individuals who are getting a dental crown because the process could not be recreated on a natural tooth. The curing process alone requires heating the tooth in a 212-degree oven.
What’s the Process for Ordering a Tooth Tattoo?
The process begins with patient need and understanding. After taking an initial impression of the tooth in need of a crown or bridge, take a printed or digital image of the desired image to send in with the impression. Like choosing any other tattoo, patients may choose from an assortment of tattoos from basic to elaborate designs. In addition to choosing the tattoo, the patient must identify the desired location of the tooth tattoo. Many people choose to get their tooth tattoos on one of their teeth along the jaw while others choose to have it placed on the inside of the teeth near their tongue.
With the tattoo request and impression taken, send both to the dental lab. At Autumn Dental Arts, we are committed to fulfilling crown orders in no more than 10 business days. Installing the tattooth requires no additional precautions or adjusted procedures than placing a normal crown.
The Removal Process
Tattooths do not wear off as a result of eating or drinking, but they may be removed. The tattoo may be removed in a matter of minutes upon request in the office. Simply buff off the tattoo with an appropriate brush, removing the tattoo completely while leaving the dental crown in place.
If you are treating a trendsetter in need of a dental crown, tell them about tooth tattoos. With just a few additional steps, the lab technicians at Autumn Dental Arts can provide personalized crowns at a fraction of the cost of a normal tattoo (with no removal pain!)