What is the "black triangle" in dentistry and how do you treat it?
Because of teeth grinding and chewing, your teeth absorb force from contact between your upper and lower teeth and the strength of the jaw. Constant force and pressure can cause gum recession, meaning the gums begin to shrink away from the teeth. Gum recession makes the teeth look longer, which is where the saying “long in the tooth” comes from when indicating someone who is aging.
Receding Gum Line
Oftentimes, when gums recede, a black triangle forms between teeth, which can cause the smile to look oddly spaced or unattractive. Black triangles in the gums can also collect food and be a challenge to keep clean.
To eliminate the “black triangle” between teeth, you have a few options. In some cases, gum grafting can be beneficial, especially when the teeth roots are exposed and feel sensitive. Roots are also prone to decay and look dark when you smile.
We can also offer dental bonding or porcelain veneers to alter the shape of teeth, filling in the black triangle. Each patient is different, and if you are ready to discuss cosmetic dentistry in Barrie ON, contact Park Place Dental to arrange a consultation. We love giving patients the beautiful smiles they deserve.