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A 25-year-old male asked:

Can the gum grow back after teeth has been cleaned of plaque and tartar?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Pope
Dentistry 45 years experience
Yes : Yes, there will be some reattachment after the teeth have been cleaned. Measurements are usually made before and some months after to see both the amount of reattachment and to see if the result is good enough to be maintained by the patient with good home care.
Dr. Colin Smith
Dentistry 30 years experience
Sometimes: Once the teeth are cleaned the gums have a chance to recover from the inflammation, if they have receded away only a graft will recover the root though.
Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Dentistry 20 years experience
Usually No, Sorry: Once the gum tissue has receded due to periodontitis, the damage is permanent. That is why we try to stop gum disease when ever we find it. There really is no going back. On extreme cases we can try a gum grafting surgery, but those are painful and healing can be compromised. The good news is that implants continue to get better with each year and a good set of 28 implants may only run $100, 000.
Dr. Mike Deldar
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
No: I some cases you may even get more gum recession as your gum is getting healthy and inflammation goes down.

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Last updated Jun 22, 2018

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