Oral Piercings Options

Learn about Mouth Piercings

Woman with a Pierced Tongue
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Piercings inside the mouth are very different from those on the skin. They have their own set of risks, aftercare instructions, and possible healing difficulties. Learn about these piercings before you decide to get one.

Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercings have become one of the most popular options for body modification fans. Many people think they look sexy and might enhance sexual experiences. However, they have difficulties.

Placement is crucial to avoid speech impediments afterward. They are done with a large needle and can be painful. There will be swelling and soreness afterward. A barbell in gauge 10 to 14 is the usual jewelry used during healing. Tongue piercings take three to four weeks to heal fully. It is important to not smoke or use harsh mouthwash throughout the healing time. Many recommend multiple daily sea salt rinses during healing. It is wise to abstain from kissing and oral sex during the healing process. Ongoing problems with tongue piercings include the risk of chipping your teeth and biting down on your jewelry.

Tongue Web or Lingual Frenulum Piercings

The tongue web or lingual frenulum is the thin strip of connective tissue that links the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This piercing will be under the tongue. Not everyone has enough tissue available in this area for a piercing. The usual jewelry is a curved barbell or a CBR.

The healing time is about four weeks. As with any oral piercings, it is important to not smoke during the healing period as it can inhibit healing.

Frowny Frenulum Piercings

Frowny piercings are performed in the thin connective tissue (frenulum) that connect the bottom lip to gums. It usually can't be seen at all, whether you are frowning or not.

This isn't a trouble-free piercing site as it is prone to migration and rejection. Many people don't have enough tissue here for a successful piercing. The jewelry used is a delicate CBR. This piercing has a high risk of gum or tooth damage from the jewelry. It heals in about four weeks. It is important not to smoke. The piercing needs to be brushed when you brush your teeth.

Smiley or Scrumper Frenulum Piercings

Smiley or scrumper piercings are done in the upper lip frenulum, the thin connective tissue that links your upper lip to your gums. This piercing can often be seen when you smile, hence the name. As with other frenulum sites, some people don't have enough tissue here for a piercing. There is a lot of stress on this piercing due to the movement of your lips and gums with speech, chewing, and other motions all day long. This results in common problems with migration and rejection of this piercing. Also due to the site, it can cause gum or tooth damage from the jewelry and those injuries may not be reversible. They use delicate jewelry. A smiley piercing should heal in about four weeks for healthy people who don't smoke.