Digital Shade Guide Eastern India

Determination of the proper shade required for a restoration

Put away your rabbit’s foot. Today, luck is no longer required to match tooth colors and shades.

Effective communication between the clinical team and laboratory technician is the cornerstone of a successful long-term partnership. The accurate communication of detailed color is critical to the successful delivery of esthetically acceptable single-unit as well as unilateral anterior restorations. The subjectivity involved in assessing color has been one of the most difficult remaining barriers to accurate communication between the dentist and technician. At long last, new technology dramatically enhances the predictability of achieving an accurately matched restoration – direct or indirect.

The importance of color

Historically, successful shade matching has been a combination of art, science and, unfortunately, luck. Using the science of dentistry to match the artistry of natural dentition, the dental profession has continued to advance the field of esthetic restorative dentistry. We as technicians now have materials and technologies available that make undetectable restorations possible on a consistent basis – if we receive accurate color and shading information. Determination of the proper shade required for a restoration is highly subjective and heavily dependent upon illumination, environment, and the receiver’s eye. The stakes are high for balancing realistic goals against the patient’s esthetic expectations, and mismatches can be stressful for all parties.

Shade matching encompasses several variables as well as a delicate balance between a patient’s personal expectations and the realistic goals of the clinician. As a general rule, laboratories admit to a 6 percent remake rate as an acceptable cost of doing business. At least half of these remakes (3 percent) are color-related and occur as a result of either a misinterpretation of the provided data, or inaccurate data.