tooth shade matching for a dental prosthetic

Communication is key in everything we do. From building healthy relationships to creating a successful work environment, individuals must effectively communicate to reach good results.

The success of restorative and cosmetic dentistry is largely reliant on how well the end results look. Trying to match artificial material with a natural tooth structure can be incredibly challenging if the proper approach is not used.

The last thing patients want is to have a tooth that is a different colour than all the rest. So, to ensure the best possible aesthetic outcome for the patient, dentists must carefully choose the appropriate colour match and communicate this to the dental lab.

Steps to Ensure Accurate Shade Matching

In the past, dentists simply had to hold a shade tab against their patient’s teeth, write the number down, and pass it along to the dental lab.

However, these guide tabs do not always indicate the perfect match, as there are other factors to consider when picking the correct shade. A professional-grade camera allows a dentist to capture the exact shade of the patient’s teeth.

In every photo, you need to include the information that the technician requires to create the restoration. This includes making sure the shade tab and lettering are completely visible and clear. To capture the most accurate photo, hold the shade tab in the same orientation as the natural teeth. The light will reflect the same way, leading to an accurate photo.

More often than not, there will be several shade tabs that look good. Providing the lab with the various shade options gives the technicians a better insight. This insight allows for a more accurate result.

When a dental lab is given all the necessary information, they are in a much better position to imitate the exact shade and provide beautiful, natural-looking restorations.

Attention to Detail Matters

Accurate shade matching for tooth restorations is not easy. The patient’s age, skin, lip tone, dentin colour, and medication side effects all influence shade matches.

Poorly made restorations stand out in the worst way and leave the patients feeling self-conscious and dissatisfied with the care they’re receiving. Not only will the dental clinic lose that patient, but they could lose others as a result of the bad review.

When reproducing a natural tooth, blending more than one shade will help get the closest match possible. Details in texture, line angles, indents, and characterization should also be taken into account.

Work With Ocean Ceramics in Vancouver

Patients invest their time, money, and trust into their new smiles and they deserve the best costumes.

Matching the correct shade satisfies the dentist and gives a pleasing appearance to the patient. To achieve good aesthetics, many important factors need to be considered.

At Ocean Ceramics, we have specific photo protocols that help us ensure a high-quality design. Our dental lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment that allow us to provide prosthetics with optimized results.

Get in touch with us today to book a one-on-one meeting to determine the exact shade of your new restoration.