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Bioclear Matrix System in Toronto
At Dentistry @ 1881, Drs. Tamo and Riccardi are always pursuing new techniques that will help their patients enjoy healthier and more beautiful smiles. With this in mind, we now offer a solution to black triangles, or open gingival embrasures. Dr. Riccardi is a certified provider of Bioclear Matrix System, an alternative to porcelain veneers or dental crowns that closes black triangles with a minimally invasive process.
What Are Black Triangles?
Approximately one-third of adults have black triangles--open gingival embrasures—in their smiles. Most often found along the gum line between the anterior lower teeth or between your two front teeth, these unsightly dark spots draw the eye away from what may otherwise be a white and attractive smile. They are dark because you can only see darkness in the mouth behind the teeth.
Moreover, black triangles can also contribute to poor gum health. Food and debris are more easily caught in black triangles and no one likes to be told they have “something stuck between those two teeth.” Also, trapped food particles can cause bacteria to grow, which can eventually lead to periodontal disease and bone loss around your teeth.
What Causes Black Triangles?
Normally, the space of a black triangle is filled with healthy gum tissue called papilla. This healthy tissue can be lost because of:
- Advanced periodontitis that includes bone loss
- Traumatic injury to the gum tissue
- Aggressive flossing, habitual use of a toothpick and forcing fingernails between the teeth
- Inappropriately fitted dental work
- Poorly positioned teeth
- Gum surgery
How Does the Bioclear Matrix System Work?
With the Bioclear Matrix System, Dr. Riccardi uses anatomically correct matrices to fill black triangle spaces with a smooth composite material. Once the appropriate matrices are in place, the entire tooth is etched and the black triangles are injection molded with the composite material. The process not only restores the attractive appearance of well shaped teeth, but also encourages papilla to grow back, making for an even more natural looking smile.
The Bioclear Matrix System is not a porcelain veneer or a dental crown. Instead, it is injection overmolding and is, therefore, classified as additive dentistry that provides minimally invasive restoration of a tooth.
If you have black triangles or a diastema—gap between your front teeth—then the Bioclear Matrix System may be the ideal solution. Contact Dentistry @ 1881 today to schedule your consultation!