Usually when people talk about triangles, they’re dealing with math, coordinates or a mysterious space out near Bermuda. However, today, “black triangles” are prevalent in many dental patients.
What are black triangles?
Specifically, they’re areas in the mouth of open gingival embrasure, which basically consist of the teeth taking on a triangular shape, resulting in gaps around the gum line. These gaps also appear triangular, and since they appear dark, that’s where the “black” part of the name is derived from. These dental black triangles are often a result of deficiency, gum recession or a loss of papilla. They’re very common in patients with periodontal disease.
Dental black triangles are unsightly – and they typically get bigger over time. Aside from poor aesthetics, these larger gaps also tend to get more food stuck between the teeth, which can make the gaps even more unsightly between brushing and flossing.
The good news is that there is a way to treat these dental black triangles for good. Here’s a closer look:
How to Treat Dental Black Triangles
There are a few different methods for treating dental black triangles and preventing them from growing over time. Crowns and veneers are two popular cosmetic treatments. Crowns work by fitting over the existing tooth to restore proper form and shape. Veneers are tooth-colored porcelain that adhere to the existing tooth to correct similar issues.
While these are both adequate solutions, a new technology – the Bioclear Matrix System – is also a viable solution for treating these unsightly gaps. Specifically, the Bioclear Matrix System fills the gaps between the teeth with a composite material. This material blends in with the existing natural teeth to restore proper form. It also helps whiten the smile. What’s more is the Bioclear Matrix System treatment is also minimally invasive, so it’s more convenient for the patient.
How to Prevent Dental Black Triangles
Being that dental black triangles often form due to gum recession or periodontal issues, we can’t downplay the importance of taking proper care of your teeth. This doesn’t just include brushing at least twice a day, but flossing at least once a day as well. Flossing helps remove plaque and food debris from around the gum line, thereby helping to prevent gum disease. Of course, visiting the dentist at least once every six months is also an important part of a complete oral care plan.
Talk to Your Dentist
For more information on dental black triangles, how to prevent them and how to treat them with the Bioclear Matrix System, contact Caven Dental today.