Dentists report that speech impediments due to tongue piercings may be permanent. Even if the jewelry is removed and the hole allowed to heal, damage to the nerves of the tongue may remain and cause a permanent speech impediment. Tattoo and piercing professionals disagree.
Tattoo and piercing professionals say that most individuals quickly get used to the tongue jewelry and are able to talk normally. Dentists advise against getting tongue piercings because of the many adverse health consequences that may arise in addition to the difficulty with speaking. Other possible problems include difficulty eating and drinking, drooling, and an altered sense of taste. Tongue piercings can also cause damage to the teeth and gums.