Well known for having a short lifespan, smiley or scrumper piercings, as they are equally called, can last for a few years. On average, however, most wearers report having the piercing comfortably last for about one year. Many factors can affect an individual’s experience with a scrumper, and in some cases, an individual may not be a candidate for the piercing at all. Not intended for permanence, this piercing type is perfect for those who want something striking, yet temporary. As a fun piercing to have for a short time period, it is one of the most unique and eye-catching styles. Truly, there is no piercing quite like a scrumper, and if cared for properly, it will leave a striking impression while it lasts.
Typically, a scrumper piercing is not a very painful experience. Due to the thin tissue, a sharp pain will be felt at first, though most report it hurting less than cartilage piercings. More so than the initial poke, the healing process itself can be uncomfortable. It can be difficult to resist playing with or touching the piercing site with your tongue, but these actions can have detrimental side effects. If the site becomes red, swollen, or exceedingly painful, this may be a sign of infection, and that the piercing needs to be removed.
Over time, a scrumper piercing can cause wear on the gums and enamel. An individual’s mouth shape can be a determining factor in how long it will be before this wearing occurs. If this happens, it’s probably time for your scrumper piercing to move on.
Everyone’s body is different, and there are many factors at play that can affect an individual’s healing window. Environment, personal immune systems, and lifestyle are all big considerations when looking at your recovery time. Smoking and drinking alcohol will also have a negative impact on the healing window, and in some cases, can cause infection and even rejection of the piercing. When properly cared for, however, a scrumper piercing will heal in about one to three months. By following Black Line Studio’s aftercare protocol, you will be well on your way to smiling brightly again!
Faster than any other part of the body, the mouth heals from injuries rapidly. This factor alone helps a scrumper piercing heal faster than some other unique types of piercings. The biggest challenges for your new piercing will be to keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria, as well as avoiding snagging the jewelry and causing any tears or infection. Mouths are a hotbed of bacteria, and therefore the primary reason why aftercare protocols should be followed so stringently.