How Does Your Dentist Color Match Your Dental Crown?
April 4, 2022
Your dentist told you it would look natural, but when you first saw your dental crown in place, you still couldn’t help being a bit surprised at how well it blended with your real teeth. How did they deliver such a great result for you? With the advanced techniques utilized for modern dental crowns, you receive a personalized restoration that mimics the shade of your natural tooth. It’s not by chance – it’s science. Keep reading for an easy-to-digest look at the process from your dentist in Longview.
Syncing Up with Your Tooth Color
Replicating the color of your teeth is not a simple feat. It requires training and precision since natural tooth enamel comes in many shades. That’s why a perfectly white crown is not the right choice for everyone’s smile.
Your dentist needs to factor in many variables like the hue, chroma, and value of your natural teeth. Hue refers to the natural colors within the enamel, like gray, yellow, or red, while chroma describes the saturation of the hue. The value is the overall level of lightness or darkness to the shade.
Zeroing in on Your Precise Dental Crown Color
To lock in on the color of your crown, your dentist utilizes a shade guide. It’s a plastic or metal plate containing many shades of porcelain teeth laid out in a specific order. The dentist holds the guide up beside your mouth to identify the closest match. This process has several factors at play.
The lighting in the treatment room can alter the appearance of your tooth, so your dentist tries to view your tooth under natural lighting. You may be asked to stand near a window. If natural light isn’t an option, fluorescent light is usually the next choice.
In trying to avoid distractions for your dentist to make the determination, you may be asked not to wear bright lipstick, makeup, or brightly colored clothes. Also, the dentist may play it safe by placing a gray bib over your clothing to avoid color contrasts. This can help give their eyes a neutral resting place.
During the dentist’s training, they learned not to look at the teeth for more than seven seconds consecutively while comparing them to the shade guide. If they did, the rod cells in their eyes can get too used to the color. So, the gray bib enables the cells to reset when your dentist glances at it for a few seconds.
Once your dentist in Longview identifies the perfect color for your dental crown, all the specifications are utilized to create the seamless match you were hoping for. You can rest easy knowing your smile can be upgraded without anyone being the wiser!
About the Author
Dr. George Stoddard earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program at LSU. If you are interested in dental crowns, he can craft them from a variety of high-quality materials and place your customized restorations during your second appointment. You can schedule a consultation on his website or by calling (903) 753-9758.
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