Tongue piercing: Case report and review of current practice

Farah, C. S. and Harmon, D. M. (1998) Tongue piercing: Case report and review of current practice. Australian Dental Journal, 43 5: 387-389. doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.1998.tb00197.x

Author Farah, C. S.
Harmon, D. M.
Title Tongue piercing: Case report and review of current practice
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
Publication date 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1834-7819.1998.tb00197.x
Volume 43
Issue 5
Start page 387
End page 389
Total pages 3
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australian Dental Association
Language eng
Subject 1105 Dentistry
Abstract Although oral piercing has been an uncommon practice in the Western world, the insertion of metal objects into intra-oral and peri-oral pierced sites is growing in popularity. Tongue piercing is one such practice whereby a metal barbell is inserted into the tongue after piercing with a 14-16 gauge needle. Pain, swelling and infection are the most serious consequences associated with this procedure. Other adverse outcomes include mucosal or gingival trauma, chipped or fractured teeth, increased salivary flow, calculus build-up, and interference with speech, mastication and swallowing. This article presents a case report on tongue piercing and highlights the procedure involved. Special attention is given to complications and dental implications associated with such an unusual practice.
Keyword Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
Tongue Piercing
Dental Implications
Case Report
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Dentistry Publications
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