Titanium is the best metal because it is the least likely to cause an allergic reaction. You should never have a tongue pierced with a short bar, with a ring, or with any metal other than titanium or surgical-grade stainless steel.
In this regard, is a plastic tongue bar better?
The answer is often a plastic tongue ring – plastic tongue rings feel softer, won’t damage your teeth and are safe for X-rays and hospital. Non-metal tongue rings are also a good compromise for school – many schools believe tongue bars are unsafe but the majority will agree to a plastic tongue retainer as a compromise.
Just so, what is the jewelry for tongue piercing?
Choosing the right body jewelry
A typical tongue piercing is done with a 14 gauge (14G) high grade titanium, or gold barbell measuring 7/8-inch. Note that’s the size of an initial tongue piercing; once healed the length of the barbell can be shortened.
Can you get paralyzed from piercing your tongue?
The tongue is supplied by the hypoglossal nerve and the lingual branch of the trigeminal nerve. These nerves can be damaged during piercing and permanent paralysis of the tongue can occur.
This common habit can injure your gums and lead to cracked, scratched, or sensitive teeth. It can also damage fillings. While you might wish for tongue rings or piercings that don’t damage teeth, all tongue piercings put your mouth at risk.
Unfortunately, yes. A tongue piercing can cause damage to teeth. Piercings are usually hard metal, which inside the mouth can cause damage. Biting down onto the piercing or playing with it can result in scratching or chipping teeth, as well as increased tooth sensitivity.
It’s harder to brush around studs in the tongue or rings in the lips, so plaque can build up over time. If you don’t clean your oral piercing regularly, your breath can start to stink as a result. … Even if you get oral piercings in a sterile environment, you can develop an infection after the piercing.
If the tongue piercing is removed for even one night, it will partially close up as it is a muscle, which is very unlike ear piercings. It should close up, but just like trachs, some close and some don’t. If it doesn’t close after about a year it should be evaluated for a surgical closure if it is causing problems.
If there’s no problem, they’ll simply put it back in for you (probably free of charge too). If they decide it really has closed up, they’ll most likely recommend you to wait a few weeks for it to fully heal before coming back to them to have it re-pierced. Don’t try to force it back in.
You shouldn’t remove the jewelry during this time. Doing so will trap infectious bacteria inside your tongue and may lead to further complications. If you decide that you want to let the piercing close up — or you just want to switch the jewelry — you should wait until the infection has completely cleared.
While the piercing itself is not particularly difficult or painful, you should expect a good deal of swelling afterward; you may also find you have a slight lisp and difficulty speaking for the first two to four days, but this is temporary and will improve as the swelling decreases.
A standard tongue piercing is a little easier to care for because placing the piercing in the centre of the tongue is safer. There is less contact with teeth and the inside of the mouth, so the initial healing period is faster with swelling reducing in just 2-4 weeks.
Some other strategies that can speed healing include:
- brushing the teeth regularly to keep the mouth clean.
- rinsing the piercing after each meal.
- not smoking.
- minimizing talking during the first few days.
- not playing with or touching the piercing.