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Bothered by Black Triangles Within Your Smile? Elk Grove, CA
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Bothered by Black Triangles Within Your Smile?

In terms of your smile aesthetics, “black triangles” refer to the empty triangular spaces that develop between the upper or lower teeth at the gum line. While these unsightly gaps may seem like your teeth have changed, it is most often a result of changes within the gum tissues. Black triangles typically develop due to gingival recession or the resorption of gum tissues between your teeth. Not only can black triangles be a cosmetic concern, but they can also be tight spaces that can easily trap food debris. The good news is that black triangles are correctable, and a skilled dentist can determine the best course of action.

An Important Question to Answer

Since black triangles can be caused by gum recession or gum loss, it is critical that you rule out gum disease as the culprit. Active gum disease is an infection that can gradually irritate and destroy the gum tissues as well as the underlying bone. If your black triangles have formed as a result of gum disease, it is imperative that you receive proper treatment to stop the infection and prevent worsening black triangles.

Once gum disease is reversed or stable, black triangles can be fixed using simple cosmetic dental bonding. An experienced cosmetic dentist will use tooth-colored composite resin to build out the adjacent teeth and close the black triangle gap.

Other Causes of Black Triangles

In some cases, black triangles are a result of an anatomical defect, or when your labial frenum (ligament that connects your upper lip to you gums) is attached. This can prevent a normal gum line and create unwanted dark spaces between the teeth. In this situation, patients may need gum grafting, gum contouring or a minor gum surgery to reposition the frenum attachment.

If black triangles are causing you to lose confidence in your smile or worry about the presence of gum disease, let our team help you at Laguna West Dental. We are confident we can restore your teeth and gums to ideal health and beauty at any stage of life!

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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Elk Grove, CA 95758

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Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!