One of the classic signs of advanced gum disease is gum tissue that recedes from the teeth. This can lead to loose teeth and even more problems with hygiene, as the pockets that form when the tissue recedes can tend to catch even more food and bacteria. As such, part of treating gum disease is stimulating the gum tissue to adhere back to the teeth. Many times, the process can involve grafting healthy gum tissue into areas where deep pockets have formed. This often leads to the question: are grafts really necessary? Is it possible for the gum tissue to naturally regenerate itself? As with so many other things, the answer is that it depends.
Gum Tissue Can Regenerate Itself . . .
Anyone who has ever suffered from a cut or a scrape to the gum tissue knows that the gum tissue can heal. In fact, the soft tissues in the mouth are among the fastest to heal. So yes, in some cases of gum disease, the gum tissue may end up healing itself once the disease is addressed.
. . . But Only to a Certain Extent
Unfortunately, while the gum tissue can regenerate, if the loss is overly severe it may not be possible for the gum tissue to return to its original state without grafts. If the gum tissue has pulled far enough away from the teeth, grafts will be necessary to keep the gum disease from returning again and again. Remember, those deep pockets caused by the gum recession are perfect spots for bacteria to hide. Once you have bacteria in those pockets, the process of gum disease starts again. If you have any other questions about gum disease, or the treatment options, please reach out to us. We are here to help you, and we are happy to answer your questions.