Tongue web piercing (also known as the oral frenulum piercing) has gained popularity quickly because it is particularly easy to conceal it from employers, coaches, and parents. Some people even try tongue piercing for nobility.
It also has the perk of being much more unique than standard tongue piercings and has a great deal of variety in terms of jewelry choices. With its location, it can heal quickly and easily provided that you follow our proper caring tips. Its unique location and stunning jewelry options make it more appealing for many people.
Web Piercing Procedure
Every piercer is a little different. When it comes to the tongue web piercing, there are a few ways to accomplish it: Some piercers will clamp the tissue, others will do freehand or use a needle receiving tube or NRT, some will use a straight needle, and others will use a curved needle.
The procedure that absolutely never changes is obviously the pre-procedural steps where your piercing artist cleans the area and checks for anatomical propriety. In some cases, a person’s tongue web is too minute that it is simply not possible to safely pierce it.
There are times that even if an artist can get the needle and subsequently jewelry into the area, the piercing may have a very low likelihood of healing; in this case, your piercer may either strongly advise you to forget about having this piercing done or flatly refuse to perform the piercing for you.
While a second or third opinion can do no harm, please keep in mind that when several piercers already refuse to perform the procedure for you, it really is your best choice to not do it. You must understand the reason why they are refusing. It is all for your own safety. The tongue web piercing is simply not for everyone.
Once they have surveyed the area and selected proper jewelry (most commonly a small curved barbell, though some will use a small straight bar, a horseshoe or even a small captive ring), they will use the needle to create the hole to then adorn it with jewelry. It’s like a venom piercing but then under your tongue. As always, ensure that your artist has opened all sterile supplies in front of you so that you can ensure there is no cross-contamination happening.
Tongue Web Piercing Inspirations
Here we present to you our favorite pictures of tongue web piercings for inspiration and viewing pleasure:
1. Bead Ring Tongue Web Piercing
The tongue web otherwise known as the tongue frenulum is the delicate tissue that joins your tongue to the lowest part of your mouth.
2. Spider Tongue Web Piercing
The tongue web piercing is punctured into the delicate tissue underneath the tongue.
3. Spider Web Piercing
This piercing does not bleed a lot or cause too much pain since the tissue is very thin.
4. Tongue Web Piercing
It is very important to choose the right size of the jewelry in order to lessen the risk and also for quick healing.
5. Tongue Web Piercing Aftercare
Use an alcohol-free mouthwash and don’t forget to rinse your mouth after eating.
6. Black Circular Barbell Web Tongue Piercing
Most people start with a curved barbell and after it is healed they will change it to another jewelry.
7. Tongue Web Piercing Jewelry
The most common type of jewelry for tongue web piercing is circular barbells and captive rings.
8. Tongue Web Piercing Pain
Although it may seem like a simple piercing, it is very important to always let a professional do the job.
9. Tongue Web Piercing Risks
In order to reduce the risk of infection, you must always practice good oral hygiene.
10. Web Piercing
Web piercing comes with a risk of puncturing your saliva glands, so only use a professional.
11. Pink Barbell Web Piercing For Girls
Web piercings are so discreet since no one will notice them unless you want to show it.
12. Spike Barbell Web Piercing
Before touching your jewelry, be sure to wash your hands first.
13. Marijuana Barbell And Web Piercing
Tongue web piercing is considered one of the most delicate types of web piercings.
14. Double Tongue Web Piercing
For people who have a large frenulum, they can have double tongue web piercing.
15. Web Piercing Healing
The healing process of a tongue web piercing can vary, but typically it can last from 8 to 10 weeks.
16. Curved Silver Barbell Tongue Web Piercing
Although this type of piercing is quite popular among women, it is also much acceptable for men.
17. Black Silver Barbell Web Piercing
If you develop an infection, it is best to see your doctor right away.
18. Unique Tongue Web Piercing Jewelry
The most common problems of web piercing are migration and rejection.
19. Green Barbell Web Piercing
A tongue web piercing may affect your speech, especially if you are using extra-large starter jewelry.
20. Web Tongue Piercing
If you don’t want your boss to see your web piercing, all you have to do is to avoid raising your tongue.
21. Web Tongue Piercing With Surface Barbell
Web piercing jewelry can be ordered online or you can also check with your local piercing studio.
Web Piercing Jewelry
There are three main types of piercing jewelry used in tongue web piercing: curved barbell, circular barbell, and captive bead rings. Here is our top pick for the best web piercing jewelry that you can wear.
Tongue Web Piercing Pain
As far as pain is concerned, there are a number of factors that will impact the amount of pain you feel during and after the procedure. Included in these factors are your artists’ personal technique, your anatomy, and your pain tolerance.
The good thing to note about the tongue web piercing is that there are very few nerve endings in the location. Because of this, many people who have tried the tongue web piercing says that the painful sensation caused by web piercing is highly tolerable compared to other facial piercings. Most report a fairly sharp pinch that is over extremely quickly. Some would even rate web piercing with just 1 point with 10 being the most painful sensation.
As for healing, some discomfort can occur because of some minor swelling and of course, hypersalivation. When there is a foreign object or injury to the mouth, such as jewelry, you will often salivate much more heavily than usual. While it can be frustrating, it is absolutely not a bad thing and it can actually increase your overall oral health!
Web Piercing Risks
There are different complications of body piercing. The risks for this type of piercing are pretty mild and they do not happen often. The primary risk of concern is rejection. Rejection can happen with absolutely any piercing. However, in the tongue web piercing, it is generally seen either with improper jewelry (picture a CBR in your web catching on a barbell in your tongue) or where the tissue is so small or confined that it probably should not have been pierced in the first place.
Unlike many of the other oral piercings available, with proper jewelry, the tongue web piercing has a phenomenally low chance of negatively affecting the gums or teeth in terms of the recession, blistering or chipping. As with ALL oral piercings, it is absolutely necessary to avoid beer and anything that may contain active yeast for a minimum of 2-3 weeks post-piercing.
Introducing these substances to your fresh oral piercing may result in an oral yeast infection, which can be very difficult as well as expensive to get cleared. It is also advised to avoid drinking milk on the day of your piercing procedure as it can result in an infection.
Web Piercing Healing
Healing time is incredibly short for this particular modification. The human mouth is particularly adept at healing itself (think of lip sores that heal within days), and the average time can be as short as two weeks. Commonly, will take closer to eight weeks for complete healing. The wearer may experience some mild swelling and some discomfort, both of which are easily alleviated with a basic NSAID or OTC painkiller. Ice chips, or really anything nice and cold can certainly help as well.
Web Piercing Aftercare
With proper care, the risk of infection is fairly low in this piercing because most of us keep our mouths fairly clean on a daily basis with or without piercings to heal. If for any reason you experience more serious swelling, excessive discomfort (think more pain than discomfort) or any other concerns, continue with your suggested aftercare and return to your piercer for troubleshooting as soon as you are able.
Tongue Web Piercing Aftercare Instructions
Below clear set-by-step instructions on how to clean your web-tongue piercing and heal it in the best way possible.
Web Tongue Piercing Aftercare
Time needed is 16 minutes
Rinse your mouth
Generally, proper oral hygiene will really take care of the bulk of healing. However, a good mouth rinse is highly recommended. Alcohol-free is of the utmost importance as the alcohol content in say, Listerine or Scope on average is plenty enough to kill freshly forming tissue and seriously delay healing.
Use a saline solution
You can stick either with a basic saline rinse or even Biotene (this mouthwash was designed for dry mouths and sensitive teeth – this contains no alcohol but does have active enzymes that promote quick healing!).
Avoid alcohol solutions
That being said, if the only rinse you have access to does contain alcohol, please do mix it so that you have half mouthwash half water before using for at least the first two weeks.
Do not pick the scraps in your mouth
Being inside the mouth, you may notice some white stuff forming around your jewelry. This will look alarming at first, like some type of gelatinous pus; however, it is likely just a wet scab. DO NOT PICK IT OFF! Gently rub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and when it is ready to go away, it will do just that.
Tongue Web Piercing Aftercare Products
Below we outlined the best products for your web tongue piercing aftercare that we have tested and reviewed for you to have the fastest healing process possible.
It is very important to rinse your mouth regularly. Use a saline-based oral piercing aftercare rinse such as H2Ocean Arctic Ocean Rinse Mouthwash. Do this at least three to six times a day while your tongue web piercing is healing. Be sure to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth and also after eating.
It’s easy to make your own sea salt solution. Just mix one cup of sterile water or boiled water into 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. You can use Recovery Piercing Aftercare Sea Salt From Dead Sea. Make sure that it is dissolved properly. Let it cool then swish it in your mouth.
The best way to clean your tongue web piercing is to use a sea salt mouthwash. Recovery Oral Piercing Aftercare Sea Salt Mouth Rinse is a natural solution for your oral piercing. Swish it in your mouth twice a day for 5 minutes and 30 seconds after eating.
While your tongue web piercing is still healing, you should be very careful when brushing your teeth. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles such as Colgate 360 Enamel Health Extra Soft Toothbrush. It is recommended that you should brush your teeth before swishing your mouth with an oral piercing aftercare rinse.
Web Piercing Aftercare Tips
- Use a new soft bristle toothbrush and keep it in a clean area.
- Rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash. Do this after every meal and before going to bed.
- If you would like to touch your jewelry, then you should wash your hands before doing so.
- Stay healthy by avoiding stress and getting enough sleep.
- Never play with your jewelry.
- Avoid oral sex and kissing.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Do not smoke cigarettes.
- Avoid chewing gum or any foreign object that sticks in your mouth.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this insight into tongue web piercings, and if you have any additional questions, comments or your own tongue web piercing experiences or photos, join the conversation below!
Hello! My name is Emily and I obsessed with piercings (and tattoos) since I was a little girl of 6 years old. I was fortunate enough to make my passion my work after meeting my amazing husband Jeffrey who owned his own tattoo shop. I just recently finished my internships at some of America’s most famous piercing shops and a dream to start something together was born. After falling in love with each other (and each other’s piercings and tattoos) we decided to expand his tattoo shop and I got to manage my own piercing shop in the same space! I’ve never been so happy being able to share my love for piercings through my shop and this blog I started back in 2013. We love to share models and inspiration, so feel free to email me your suggestions, pictures or if you just want to say hi!