Removal of a tungsten carbide wedding ring with a diamond tipped dental drill

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Sep;63(9):e701-2. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2010.03.058. Epub 2010 Apr 21.


Tungsten carbide (WC) is an incredibly hard inorganic compound that has recently become fashionable in the manufacture of men's jewellery, particularly wedding rings. It is a common misconception that these rings are unable to be cut and emergency treatment to remove them necessitates the amputation of the finger trapped within. We present a case of such a ring being successfully removed with the use of a diamond tipped dental drill with restoration of function and preservation of the finger. This is a previously undocumented method of removal of this type of ring in the English language literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dental High-Speed Equipment*
  • Device Removal*
  • Diamond
  • Fingers*
  • Humans
  • Jewelry*
  • Male
  • Tungsten Compounds


  • Tungsten Compounds
  • tungsten carbide
  • Diamond