Cost to Fix Black Triangles

145 Black Triangles – Cost to Fix Black Triangles? (5 of 5)

Patients are often looking for ways to correct any imperfections in order to achieve a beautiful smile with pearly white teeth. Black triangles or open gingival embrasures are small spaces at the base of the tooth at the gumline. These spaces are not attractive and patients often want to eliminate the flaw. While black triangles are a cosmetic issue, they can also cause issues such as food and plaque accumulating. Over time, this can result in other types of dental problems.

Black triangles are spaces or small gaps that exist between the teeth at the gumline. These gaps become increasingly common as patients get older. Common causes for black triangles and treatment options are summarized below.

If a patient begins to notice the formation of gaps between the teeth, they should follow up with a dentist as soon as possible. To determine the cause of the spaces, the dentist will evaluate the teeth and gums. The cost for treatment of black triangles will vary based on factors such as the cause, severity, and treatment. The cost can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.

When the gums are healthy, they should be a pinkish color and full. Gum tissue should fit securely around the teeth and fill in the spaces between the teeth at the top. Patients are at higher risk for receding gums as they age, if they smoke, have a history of gum disease, and have other oral health issues. Receding gums can expose the tooth’s roots, making them more susceptible to bacteria, plaque, and cavities.

Health issues including gum disease and osteoporosis can result in bone loss, which can also cause gum tissue to recede. Over time, this may result in black triangles forming.

Gum tissue is quite sensitive and can be easily damaged. Patients should avoid using aggressive force when brushing and flossing. It is important to use gentle, circular motion when brushing. Patients should also use a soft bristled toothbrush. Floss should be slid gently up and down on the sides of the teeth.

Patients may notice black triangles appear after orthodontic treatment is completed. As the teeth shift and are moved into place, it can result in gaps. It is also possible for orthodontic bands and appliances to damage the gums and cause black triangles.

The shape of the tooth plays an important role in how likely it is for black triangles to appear. Patients with rectangular teeth rarely have the spaces as the tooth is even from top to bottom. Triangular teeth, however, are narrower at the gum line and often result in more noticeable gaps.

The optimal treatment varies based on the underlying cause, severity of the issue, and location of the gaps. Patients must work with their dentist to determine the cause before their black triangles can be treated. Common treatment options are summarized below.

Improved Oral Hygiene
Minor and newly formed black triangles can often be improved with improved oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth at least twice daily and daily flossing. Patients should also make regular visits to the dentist for a thorough examination and professional cleaning. These routine visits are also helpful in the early detection of any issues.

Composite Resin and Veneers
When the black triangles are mild, the dentist can use a composite resin bonding material to fill in the spaces between the teeth. A tooth-colored and/or pink resin material can be used to minimize or eliminate the black triangles. Another treatment option is porcelain veneers. In addition to eliminating the black triangles, veneers can improve other cosmetic flaws such as the tooth’s color, shape, or size. Veneers are a thin shell which is attached to the natural tooth’s front surface.