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Correcting Black Triangles In Your Smile Milton, GA
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As you grow older, are you noticing dark spaces between bases of your teeth? These are known as “black triangles.” Not only are they unsightly, but they can actually pose a threat to your oral health. Although it may seem like your teeth got thinner, it is really gum tissue that was lost. This empty space was previously filled with a triangular shaped gum tissue called a papilla. However, black triangles form when the papilla tissue receded or was lost. The reasons for gingival black triangles are varied and can include the following:

  • Gum disease – where bone loss has occurred
  • Trauma-acute accidental injury to the gum
  • Aggressive flossing or excessive use of toothpick
  • Poor fitting dental work
  • Malpositioned teeth

The Treatment Process

How your dentist treats your black triangles depends on what is causing this area of gum tissue to recede. First and foremost, the presence of gum disease must be identified and managed. The black triangles will only get more prominent if your periodontal condition is not under control.

If gum disease is not the culprit for your black triangles, your dentist will likely evaluate your labial frenum attachment. This ligament is found under your upper lip and attaches to your upper gums above your two front teeth. If this attachment is too low, black triangles can be a worsening problem. Minor gum surgery can elevate or reposition this ligament. Furthermore, if a loss of bone between the teeth is causing gum recession, then a gum graft and bone graft may be an option to correct black triangles.

In most cases of patients who have stable (or no) gum disease, a simple dental bonding procedure can effectively treat black triangles. Composite, tooth-colored resin is skillfully used to build out the adjacent teeth and close the triangular gap.

Remember that black triangles can be more than a cosmetic concern. These spaces allow more retention of food and debris and are vulnerable to bacteria accumulation and gum inflammation. Chronic gum inflammation leads to bone loss around the teeth. At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we can correct your black triangles and restore a more confident, healthy smile. Schedule your consultation today.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

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I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

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Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

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Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

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An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

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Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

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Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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