Periodontics/gum growth


I have always heard that gums don't grow back if they recede, so I assumed that means they never grow or self repair. Is it possible for healthy gums to grow?

Is it possible or normal for gum tissue to "grow" inward into a cavity sitting just above the gum line of a molar?

If it is, then is it necessary to cut the gum away to work on the cavity and will new healthy gum grow back to replace what was cut away? Or can the gum just be moved away from the tooth to do the work... in this case will the gum re-attach itself to the tooth or will it be damaged?

thank you in advance.

Gums do grow just like every other living tissue in the body.  In general once gums recede and expose the root they do not spontaneously grow back and cover the root.

Gum tissue can certainly grow into a cavity and may need to be removed to acccess all the decay.  Sometimes the gum can be moved out of the way to be able to access the cavity.  It depends on the situation.  

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I am a board Certified periodontist which means that I am an expert in treating gum disease (periodontal disease) and placing dental implants. I can answer questions related to treating gum disease, bleeding gums, maintaining healthy gums, and structural issues with the gums such as recession, to gummy a smile, crown lengthening etc. I am also certified in Laser Periodontal therapy which allows me to treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel. I can address those questions as well.


I have been practicing periodontics and placing dental implants since 1990. I have treated thousands of patients for both gum disease and dental implants. I currently an a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at the nations largest dental school.

Journal of the American Dental Association, Journal of Periodontology, International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, International Journal of Oral and Maxilofacial Implants

BA/DMD Boston University Cum Laud. Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Periodontics fro New York University. Board Certification in Periodontics 1995

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e was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon (the "Phi Beta Kappa" for dentists), and received the Boston University award for Excellence in Periodontology, the Boston University Predoctoral Prosthetic Award for Excellence in Prosthetics, and the Academy of General Dentistry Outstanding Senior Student Award, the Boston University Operative Dentistry Special Achievement Award, and the Quintessence Publishing Company Outstanding Senior Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. Following dental school, Dr. Scharf completed a year long General Practice Residency at The Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. As a resident at this top New York program, he gained extensive clinical experience in such fields as prothodontics, periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, management of the medically compromised patient, and general dentistry. This experience was completed by clinical rotations in the departments of general medicine, anesthesia, and emergency medicine.

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