Perhaps you’ve noticed small spaces between your teeth that resemble black triangles. Is it possible that your teeth are separating or moving apart? Do you worry that they may be thinning on the inside? Maybe you’re concerned that your teeth are shrinking. You’ll be relieved to know that the answer to these questions is probably no. In most cases, spaces between teeth are attributed to gum recession. Over time, the papilla, or gum tissue between the teeth begins to recede. This is usually due to brushing too hard, although gum disease and bone loss may also play a role. Thus, if you are concerned about the black triangles between your teeth, continue reading below.
Depending on the cause of gum recession and one’s commitment to oral health at home, dental professionals can equip patients to reverse mild cases of gum recession. For instance, if gums have receded due to improper brushing techniques, it is possible to get back on track. Yet, if gum recession is due to periodontal (gum) disease, a deep scaling treatment may be necessary to restore strength in teeth. For advanced cases or for larger spaces between teeth, additional restorative or cosmetic repairs are an option. One example of a gum tissue repair is referred to as the Pinhole Technique, which involves extending a patient’s gum line. In this case, dentists and periodontists work together to devise an appropriate treatment plan.
Your Commitment To Oral Health Goes A Long Way
While the black triangles between your teeth may cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile, they are often an indication of a more serious issue—gum disease. Thus, while dentists are happy to help restore and repair gum tissues, they emphasize the importance of careful brushing, consistency in oral care and commitment to regular dental checkups. After all, your commitment to oral health goes a long way to ensure that the rest of your body stays healthy.
Dr. Leia Porcaro of Grateful Dental in Marietta welcomes your family to her practice, where you’ll discover comprehensive dentistry and a dedicated staff of supportive professionals. While we want you to love your smile, we’re also committed to helping you obtain a healthy mouth that will contribute to your overall health for years to come. Call today to schedule your appointment.