Working Closely With a Certified Dental Lab
Success at cosmetic dentistry to a large degree depends on effective collaboration with the dental lab. Dentists should work closely, and communicate freely, with their dental lab to get the ideal shading on their products. The patients trust what they hope is a reliable and quality dentist for their restorative work when they are dreaming of their perfect smile. Helping the dental lab produce the perfect color match is one of the most vital steps in any type of cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Cosmetic Dental Shading Has Changed
In days past, dentists simply had to hold a shade tab against their patient’s teeth, write the number down, and pass that data on to the cosmetic dental lab. These days, it is no longer sufficient simply to write “A3” on the lab sheet.
Dentists now realize that, while still beneficial, the VITA shade guide tabs do not always indicate the perfect match. Enamel and dentin have distinct characteristics. The correct match is likely to involve not just a single shade but a blend of several shades. A custom coloring, if you will. To get the precise color match, it will require more than just mechanically going over a shade chart and check one option.
It is not expected that the dentist has to be the shading expert to get the right match. However, it is anticipated that a little more work and effort will be put forth to facilitate a process that can assist the dental lab in providing the correct shade. They are the ones expected to be the professionals in color matching, material use, and restorative techniques