Tongue Web Piercing

Tongue Web Piercing

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Before you get your tongue web piercing lets go over the risks and proper aftercare ensuring your tongue web piercing heals quickly with little risk of infection.


tongue frenulum anatomyThe tongue frenulum (frenulum linguae) is the webbing underneath the tongue that connects the underside of your tongue to the floor of your mouth. The purpose of this webbing is to insure the growth of the tongue progresses forward in the mouth. After birth the tongue continues to grow and extend past this point. The webbing by itself is thin and carries very little blood vessels, so bleeding after a piercing will be little to none.

Can I pierce myself?

I never recommended you do any body piercing yourself, even though some may seem ‘simple’ you should always visit a professional. When it comes to a tongue web piercing caution needs to be taken as there are two important glands near the tongue frenulum that you do not want to damage. These glands serve the purpose of delivering saliva to the mouth. Saliva is used to help keep the mouth moist, serve as a lubricant and is pre-digestive fluid for food. If the glands are hit during the piercing process there will not only be increased pain but you may cause permanent damage to the glands. In some cases the glands will shut down or become blocked causing further complications and a heavy doctors bill to boot. Please use an experienced piercer for this procedure, the risk is not worth saving a few dollars!

Will There Be Pain?

Though every person reacts differently, the majority of people find that the pain scale for a tongue web piercing is minimal. You will feel some pressure from the clamp, which may cause you to feel a little discomfort, but overall you will more than likely have an easy time. Keep in mind if you use a barbell for your initial piercing it will have to be a little long to accommodate swelling. Wearing the correct size jewelry is important for the healing and continued health of your piercing. Most start out with a curved barbell, once you’re healed some studios may let you exchange for another piece of jewelry

Tongue Web Piercing Aftercare:

Aftercare for tongue web piercing follows many of the same aftercare methods of a tongue piercing or any oral piercing for that matter. Make sure to keep your mouth free of food after eating, wash your mouth out after every meal and before you go to bed. That’s four to five times a day! You want to use an antibacterial alcohol free mouth wash. Remember to stay away from smoking, drinking and other ‘oral activities’ during this time, including french kissing.

For more detailed aftercare information Safepiercing.org provides very detailed aftercare information for all types of body piercings. They have done a fantastic job with their information packets regarding aftercare for both adults and minors. They cover all the basics and provide the reader with additional great tips. They offer the information under the creative commons license so please feel free to download, print or view the information on site. If you’re a studio you can also purchase high quality printed brochures for your customers.

Tongue Web Piercing Rejection:

Most people that receive a tongue web piercing keep it over the short term and do not run into rejection issues. However, there is still a possibility of rejection, the length of time before a rejection really depends on the individuals anatomy and on the placement of the piercing. The position of your piercing plays a roll on how soon you may experience rejection the further forward the sooner you may reject. To lessen your risk of rejection, as with any piercing, keep your jewelery clean.

How fast will my piercing heal?

A tongue web piercing healing time is relativity quick. You could expect to heal in four to six weeks if you keep to proper hygiene and low risk behavior. Keep your mouth clean, avoid oral sex & no more cigarettes. Your piercer should go over the basics with you and if you begin to show any problems let them know right away. If they tell you that you’re developing an infection see you doctor infections are not something you should put off they can become very serious.

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50 thoughts on “Tongue Web Piercing

  1. I went to a professional piercer today and they said it can cause damage to my tongue etc, which is very likely? But my friend got it and nothing happened I am abit scared but I really want it done, should I just get it?

    April 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm
  2. Emily

    So pierced my own tongue web yesterday and I have noticed nothing out of the ordinary (except that it is slightly uneven oops). I bought a ring that was quite thin so it was easy to find a needle large enough. You are supposed to use a hollow needle but that can be quite hard to get a hold of so I just used a sewing needle. There has been no issue with my production of saliva, just make sure you do it slightly higher than the middle and ONLY PIERCE THROUGH THE SKIN.
    Do not, and I repeat do not pierce through the muscle behind it. That will make it swell ridiculously and can even cause death as it has the same risks as a normal tongue piercing. If you were wondering, thats what piercers mean when they say your web is too small.
    I waited 12 hours before eating and even though I was hungry I knew it would be better to wait as it was a little sore and I didn’t want to aggravate it any further. I brush my teeth and wash my mouth out with diluted alcohol free mouth wash every time I eat and I shall be doing that before bed.
    If you have any concerns about how it looks, go see a piercer and just say it was done at another store and they will check it for you.

    April 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm
  3. Keisha

    So.. I’m 14 and I really want to do this. I did my septum last night and I really want to do this now. Should I? And will an eyebrow ring work?

    March 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    1. Heredity Ousts

      I know you don’t want to hear this.. No, I would not recommend you piercing do this piercing yourself. Two things are raising your risks, your youth and not using professional. If you’re parents are allowing you to have piercings then be responsible, save up a few dollars and go visit a professional. He or she may tell you that your webbing is large enough and in a good position, it’s well worth the wait to be safe. Good luck.

      March 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm
  4. Tima

    I did mine today by myself it took a long time to get the barbell through the other side due to the thickness of my frenulum. It didn’t hurt at all when I did it but the after pain hurts like hell my tongue is swollen but hopefully it heals soon

    March 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm
  5. Nicole

    I pierced my web myself yesterday and after a day of having it i felt like i did it too low (at the time it didnt hurt at all). So i redid it today and i never thought about the glands and its much more painful now. Im wondering if it hurts because it was swollen from my first one so i had to go threw more skin or i hit glands. Im kinda scared but i dont want to take it out, what do i dooo

    March 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm
    1. Heredity Ousts

      Nicole,
      I am not a doctor, I can not give you specific advice on what to do in your situation. I would probably wait a day and see how the swelling goes down, if you notice any saliva issues or pain gets worse, I would personally see a physician. I hope all turns out well for you.

      March 11, 2014 at 10:59 am
  6. Naomi

    I just got my tongue web pierced and let me say IT DIDNT HURT. Now it hurt a little with swelling but other then that its fine.

    March 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm
  7. Mike

    New site loads much better on my phone and the extra information in article is nice.. Could you add something on how to clean the jewelry?

    February 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm
  8. clara

    JUST DO ITTTTTTT!!!!!! do it yourself with a needle its never to small he sad bullshit

    September 23, 2013 at 4:59 am
  9. shelby

    So, I am 17 and I really want this piercing.. but I went into the local tattoo / piercing place and the guys said my web was too small to pierce… what do I do ? :( can I still pierce it or … ? helllppppp :(

    September 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm
    1. someone cool xD

      Hi, I’ve got mine pierced! It didnt hurt and I did it with a red-head-neadle for the walls stuff… :P My web is pretty small and ppl said that it wasnt a rly good idea to do it but I didnt follow their advise and I did it… soo… just do it in the middle of ur web, try to push ur web the longest and furthest it goes. Take the neadle and just do through, be strong and dont think its gonna rip cuz its not, u’ll bleed a little bit but dont worry!

      March 3, 2014 at 9:21 am
  10. sarah

    I just pierced mine yesterday and today it’s kind of sore but nothing too bad. Mine is white on the edges like where the needle went through also. I think it’s a sign of the healing process but I’m not 100% sure. Anyone know if that is infection/ if I should be worried?

    September 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm
  11. clara

    also is it normal that its white around the piercing ?

    September 10, 2013 at 3:01 am
  12. Fee

    I got this done a couple of days ago and it hurt like hell. I just read what you said about the glands and now I’m scared. It no longer hurts and looks like it’s healing, but should I still be worried? I’m also wondering if the feeling of “something being in my mouth” will always be there because right now it’s annoying. Or will I eventually forget that it’s there?

    September 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm
    1. soph

      i forget eventually it just felt like gum was there

      September 13, 2013 at 11:13 am
  13. clara

    hey ok I have loads of questions for u so i’m 14 i just got it 2 hours ago at a piercer , so its really swollen so is it normal? like i have 2 bumps and then these are my questions :
    - can you notice it alot when you speak ?
    - can you take it of sometimes ?
    - is it fragile ? ( does it rip fast )
    - what are the things NOT to do ?
    - how much time do i have to wait before kissing?
    - after can i kiss or is it “fragile”
    - do you think my botfriend will think it’s grosse and not want to make out with me anymore ?
    - can i take my piercing off sometimes ?

    September 5, 2013 at 10:53 am
  14. Heather

    I got my web done and it don’t hurt u can eat drink and talk fi.e :)

    August 29, 2013 at 9:23 am
  15. Neko

    Hey guys, I got my web pierced yesterday by myself, and it’s really painless! But there’s something that put me in thoughts, and I’m worrying about it. I’m afraid about swallowing my tongue while my sleep time, and if the web can be cut, I mean to be torn and then there’s a danger to swallow my tongue. Please answer me as quickly as you can!!

    August 19, 2013 at 1:41 am
  16. Eden

    Hey, i’m thinking of getting mine done, but im just wondering how long the swelling stays for? And does it affect your speech badly when you have the swelling

    August 13, 2013 at 2:44 am
    1. Nacho

      Hi! No its not that bad… well it actually doesnt even really affect ur speech! Im 16 my parents dont know I have one I just have the swelling and it just looks like one of those typical burn u get on ur mouth sometimes! hope it helped :P (:

      March 3, 2014 at 9:16 am
  17. Alexa

    I’ve had my tongue web piercing for a month now, and today i noticed a big bump on only one side of the pierced area, it hurts a little when i move my tongue, but i don’t know if its an infection, or a keloid? i removed the piercing because i got scared D: someone help? D:

    August 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    1. Tracey Johnson

      Smart thinking removing the piercing it is most likely a small infection, I would rinse your mouth out with non alcholic mouthwash 1-2 times a day. Best of luck :)

      August 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    2. Dana

      I got mine done monday, it still hurts abit but it somehow hurts the sides of my tounge? But the best way to decrease the pain is salt water (rinse the mouth) or paracetamol, but salt water is better cause its safer and quicker to help decrease pain. Overall I love it so far! Next is the smiley:’)

      March 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm
  18. Amber

    Hey, I really wanna get this done but wondering if it is easily noticible when speaking etc. parents weren’t happy about my helix don’t think they’d appreciate this one either.

    May 1, 2013 at 2:14 am
    1. Eliza

      I got mine done awhile ago and the first 24 hours felt really odd to talk but when I asked how I sounded no one noticed

      October 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm
  19. Slavka

    I’ve pierced my tongue webbing about 2 times and I’m doing it again. The only thing is about pain is that it’s sore for about a day or two after. In my opinion it’s a waste of money to gET it professionally done. Here, it costs $80. It usually rejects the piercing aswel so it’s a waste paying $80 multiple times.

    April 29, 2013 at 12:24 am
  20. Annie

    Hey so I really wanna get mine done but I’m debating whether I should do it myself. I’m 15 and my parents don’t want me to so it would be hard to get it done. And I have done a bunch of my own piercings. I was just wondering that if I did do it myself, could I use orajel numb to maybe numb it? Just a thought because that stuff really works. Also, I was tongue tied until about 6 months ago, can I still pierce it?

    March 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    1. caity

      u can use orajel it decreases the pain

      April 4, 2013 at 8:27 am
  21. I jst got my web done today , can i eat anything or will it burn me? When can i start moving my tongue like i used too before i got it pierced?

    March 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm
  22. kirstin

    I just did my tongue web myself and I absolutely love it. 0 complications, almost 0 pain, swelling went down in less than a day and is now just super adorable! Definitely the simplest piercing ever. (We still have to wait to see how my anti tragus turns out, fingers crossed!)

    February 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    1. Bianca Jones

      hey i want to do mine myself, how did you do yours?

      August 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm
      1. soph

        needle and curved barbell you heat the needle with a lighter and/or put in boiing water then just go for it poke it but dont take it out just apply pressure if u get listerine cool citrus availble in poundland hold that under your tongue and it numbs it

        September 13, 2013 at 11:11 am
  23. Blake Mahon

    The piercing will usually cost around 55$ to get done by a professional piercer, including the jewelry. On a 1 to 10 pain scale, with 10 being the highest, I would give it a 2/10. Its not painful at all and the healing happens very quickly. As far as kissing, you will be sore for about a week but after that you will be fine. As for getting an infection, it is actually difficult to get one because of how clean your mouth is. In a lot of states you have to be 16 to get a piercing with parental/guardian consent. But I do know of a few that the age is 14. So good luck!

    January 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm
    1. Eliza
  24. kenzie

    hey so im 14 years old too and i really want to get this piercing. i just have some questions, im a little woried that it might get in the was of kissing haha? and it looks like it would gett infected easily so would you not be able to eat for a while? and also im wondering when you go to a professional piercer do you have to be above a certain age? thanks to who ever answers these questions (:

    November 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm
    1. admin

      The age thing depends on the city/state laws where you are at so very hard to answer that one. As far as the infection thing it should be easier to keep an infection from happening than a regular tongue piercing. Just make sure to follow your post piercing care set by your piercer (professional) and you should be just fine. On the subject of kissing. Well you will be soar for about a weekish or so. So kissing may be a bit difficult. However once the soarness goes away you will be back to playing around.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:35 am
    2. SJ

      I’ve kissed a girl with a tongue web before, and it makes for a really interesting time…although I wouldn’t recommend doing anything like that until it heals.

      September 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm
  25. becky

    Normally cost 10$ plus tax. It dosen’t hurt at all, there is discomfort when the piercerpit the jelwery in but probably the easist piercing there is.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm
  26. admin

    As with any piercing there is always a bit of pain with it. For some that is the whole reason they get a piercing. For others it is the look or mystique that they get it done. The good news in your case is that you have choosen to go to a professional piercer. Unlike a tongue piercing the web piercing is only traversing a thing layer of skin. So you will only have a short time of discomfort. Follow their after care instructions and you should be good to go.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:44 am
  27. Milly Edwards

    Hey,
    I have been wanting to get a web piercing for a couple of days now. I am 14 years old and my big sister will be coming with me to a professional piercer. I have been saving up, but at the moment I do not know how much it cost to get it done. I am also scared and worried that it might hurt. Will it?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:15 am
    1. Rachel

      It shouldn’t really hurt when you get it done but after it’s done you’ll have some tongue swelling and it will be kinda hard to talk. You will have a lisp for about a day

      January 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm
    2. Anna

      it doesnt hurt, my best friend and i both got ours pierced and you couldnt really feel anything. I have heard any where from 10 to 30, so it all depends on who you go to. You can also do it yourself, but i would do your reasearch on the problems of piercing it yourself or getting it pierced.

      January 31, 2013 at 8:52 am
    3. tehya

      it depends on your pain tolerance. if you can pierce your ears without feeling anything then you should be fine with anything else.

      May 24, 2013 at 10:52 am
    4. michelle

      didn’t feel a thing :) I did mine with a sewing needle.

      July 26, 2013 at 1:42 am
      1. Bianca Jones

        did you do it yourself?

        August 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm
        1. soph

          sammmmme i did it myself dint hurt after i had an earring in to start wid

          September 13, 2013 at 11:06 am
    5. soph

      mine dint swell or hurt at that was by myself

      September 13, 2013 at 11:07 am
    6. Brieanna

      I just did mine. It didn’t hurt, but I also used oragel so it didn’t hurt
      Right now there a bit of pain but not much, plus I still need to get
      the proper jewelry for it, I only have an erring in right now lol. But,
      how should I clean it? /:

      November 3, 2013 at 1:40 am

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