Re: do gums grow back?
As others have already told you, your gums will not grow back. However, you said that if they won't grow back that you weren't going to bother taking your piercings out. The problem is that the gum damage will probably continue to get progressively worse the longer you continue to wear them. Also, you are not the only person who has this problem. I have seen it with many people who wear the tongue piercings. It usually takes about eighteen months to two years for the damage to become noticeable. A couple of my patients were able to solve the problem by wearing only the shorter length. (sorry, I don't know the "proper" terms for the different rings and bars etc.) However, if you do not change something you run the risk of develping some very serious periodontal problems with those front teeth which over several years could lead to severe bone loss, and then tooth loss.
I would really encourage you to schedule a cleaning with a dental hygienist. Hopefully you will find on who is not just going to say "take it out" without at least discussing your situation and desire to wear it. Some options might be for her to do a baseline periodontal evaluation. Then at your follow up cleanings she (or he) would be able to evaluate if gum loss was indeed getting worse. That might be a good option if there is a different type of piercing you would be happy wearing that might not cause the damage that your current one is causing.
Yes, ideally the best solution would probably be to stop wearing it entirely, but I think it would be worth your getting a professional opinion about it. That way if your dentist or hygienist says "you really need to stop, or you risk losing your teeth" then you won't be as tempted to start wearing it again
Good luck to you and I hope this may have helped you some!
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Last edited by Well-come; 05-16-2006 at 04:57 PM.