A dark triangle, or diastema, refers to a space or gap between two adjacent teeth near the gum line. This triangular space can occur when the gum tissue recedes, or tooth structure is lost, resulting in an unaesthetic appearance. Dark triangles or diastemas can affect the overall appearance of the smile. The dark or empty space between the teeth can be particularly noticeable when smiling or speaking. At Danny Shiri DDS, our dentist can provide a range of solutions for treating this common dental imperfection.
Symptoms of Dark Triangle
The most noticeable symptom is a visible space or gap between two adjacent teeth near the gum line. This space may appear as a dark triangular-shaped opening.
In cases where gum recession is the cause of the dark triangle, you may notice that the gum tissue has receded, exposing more of the tooth surface. This can contribute to the appearance of a gap or space between the teeth.
Uneven or Misaligned Teeth
If the dark triangle is due to tooth size or shape discrepancies, you may observe that the affected teeth are not correctly aligned or do not fit together harmoniously. This can result in gaps or spaces between the teeth.
The Causes of Dark Triangles
- When the gum tissue recedes, it exposes the triangular space between the teeth, making it more visible.
- In some cases, bone loss around the teeth can contribute to forming dark triangles.
- A mismatch in the size or shape of adjacent teeth can create spaces between them.
Treatment Options for Dark Triangles
For diastemas caused by tooth misalignment or discrepancies in tooth size, orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, may be recommended to close the gap and align the teeth properly.
Dental Bonding or Veneers
If the dark triangle is relatively small, it can be addressed with bonding or veneers. Dental bonding involves applying tooth-colored composite resin to fill the space and reshape the teeth. Veneers, typically made from porcelain, can be custom-made to cover the front surface of the teeth, closing the gap and improving the appearance of the smile.
Gum Contouring or Grafting
In cases where gum recession is the primary cause of the dark triangle, gum contouring or grafting procedures may be considered. Gum contouring involves reshaping the gum tissue to cover the exposed space. Gum grafting involves taking tissue from another area, such as the roof of the mouth, and grafting it onto the affected area to fill the gap.
If you are concerned about a dark triangle or diastema, visit Danny Shiri DDS at 6310 San Vicente Blvd, Ste 295, Los Angeles, CA 90048, or call (323) 935-9102 to schedule an appointment with our skilled dentist. They will evaluate your situation, determine the underlying cause, and recommend the most appropriate treatment options to achieve the desired outcome.