Oral Piercings

For the most part, oral piercings are a fairly new concept, most of which appearing in the 1990s, such as the frowny, also known as the tongue frenulum piercing. But, the tongue piercing is a fairly old concept, as there are images of Mayan and Aztec priests piercing their tongues to draw blood in honor of the gods. There is no proof of a long-term piercing.

Oral piercing heal quickly because of the enzymes in saliva; on average they heal between 4 to 6 weeks.

Although, our dentists do not like mouth piercings, they are fairly common. There are a few different mouth piercings, but the most common is the tongue piercing.

Types of Oral Piercings

  • Frowny: a piercing through the tongue web
  • Smiley: a piercing through the upper web between the top lip and upper teeth
  • Tongue piercing: a piercing through the tongue
  • Tongue rim piercing (horizontal tongue piercing): a piercing through the tongue, along the edge of the tongue
  • Uvula piercing: a piercing through the uvula, which is the projection of the soft palate between the tonsils