The teeth’s appearance is heavily impacted by the position of its surrounding gum tissues.
In normal cases, 2 teeth that are side by side have contact with one another. Below the contact is the area that’s filled in with gum tissue in triangle shape.
The triangular-shaped gum tissue is known as papilla. It isn’t uncommon to have empty space in area where papilla is supposed to be. If it happens, the result is known as the black space or dark space.
Causes of Dark Spaces in Between Teeth and How Restorative Dentistry Can Help
They’re caused by a gum tissue loss or by the position or shape of the teeth. For black spaces that are present, the first thing that should be done is diagnosing what caused it to happen. When it’s done, restorative dentistry treatment option may be made. The best decision is the most conservative treatment, which corrects dark spaces.
One of the typical causes of gum tissue loss is because of gum disease, which is called periodontitis. It acts on supporting bone around your teeth, which cause bone loss. This bone loss will cause the papilla to flatten and slump, making a black space between the teeth. The step in treating the black space in this situation is treating the cause.
If the gum disease is under control, black spaces may be addressed using restorative dentistry.
To get rid of black spaces, your teeth will require restoration that’ll change your teeth’s shape and fill in the space. The kind of restorative dentistry may differ depending on whether or not there are some problems with your teeth.
The most conservative and simplest restoration is composite, which is a tooth-filling material. It may be directly bonded on the tooth in the black space area. Since it’s placed only in the affected area, the situation it’s used needs that the tooth’s overall appearance is acceptable and doesn’t have to be changed.
If the tooth’s overall appearance has to be altered, a different kind of restorative dentistry should be used. The choice can be either a dental crown or dental veneer. The choice between these 2 depends on both the structural and appearance changes that must be done.
Typically, to correct the black space, both teeth on either side must be restored. To do this, the symmetry between the teeth will be the same. Once you restored a tooth, you’d end up with a tooth being wider than others. The benefit of using the restorative dentistry to correct the dark spaces is that this results in shorter treatment time often.
Another reason why there are dark spaces between the teeth is because of the teeth.
For instance, if the teeth are tilted towards one another, the gum tissue’s area to fill becomes very big for the tissue you have. This concept may happen with particular kinds of tooth shapes. In such instances, restorative dentistry treatment is using orthodontics for teeth alignment. The benefit of doing this is that dark spaces will disappear without the need for any teeth restoration.