Question: Melanie: Can gum tissue grow back?
Answer: My current understanding is that gum tissue cannot grow back once it has receded without the help of surgery.
Maintaining gum health is very important to keep your gum tissue from receding in the first place.
If anyone knows any different, I would love to hear about it. I would love to believe differently, but unfortunately there is no evidence I know of to the contrary.
A periodontist can do some surgery and may be able to get gum tissue back if the recession is not ‘flat’ .
‘Flat’ means that the gum recession is equal across your whole mouth. If the gum recession is not global, meaning that it is in some isolated spots that ‘spike’ on an x-ray, then periodontal surgery can get the gum tissue and supporting structure underneath to grow back – to a point.
Current technology is also limited in how far the tissue can grow back. It may not be possible to get it to grow ‘all the way’ back.
Once again, maintaining proper gum health is very important.
I hope that one day there is a better way to cause the tissue to return. I know of one woman right now that is experimenting with bovine colostrum. I’m not sure what she is doing exactly, if I hear of any positive results from her, I’ll post them.
For now, there is no way that I know of besides surgery, to get the tissue to come back.
The good news is that once you have that done, if you practice good oral hygiene habits in the future, you may prevent that loss from happening again.
The bad news is it requires some work on the individual’s part both to prevent gum disease in the first place and even more work to fight it once it has set in.
Link: The tools I have used to fight gum disease at home, in addition to regular and professional dental cleanings and regular flossing and brushing.
Even for me, I still have nights when I am too tired to do maintenance before falling asleep. That is bad because one of the best times to work on clearing away your daily plaque build up is before going to bed.
One major key to fighting and preventing gum disease is to remove plaque build up. You should do what it takes to remove the plaque daily.
Once about 48 hours has gone by, the anaerobic bacteria that produce gum disease and tooth decay will start to flourish within the plaque.
If the plaque hardens into what is called calculus in the US and tartar elsewhere, you may not be able to get it off without a professional cleaning at a dentist’s office. (although I have reservations about that prevailing notion).
Thanks for asking Dave a question. If you have any others, please do feel free to ask them.
* note, if you have or think you have gum disease or any other health condition visit your dentist, doctor or periodontist for diagnosis, treatment, advice and the latest information.