When you get a dental crown to restore a broken tooth, you’ll naturally want the resulting smile to be as beautiful and natural looking as possible. This means that your dentist will have to make sure that your new tooth fits in with the rest of your pearly-whites – and that often requires a bit of an artistic eye. Here’s how a dentist uses color matching to create dental crowns in Southlake.
Why is Color Matching Necessary?
While it may seem like there wouldn’t be a wide variety of tooth colors (with almost all of them falling into the yellowish off-white range), the truth is that there are many different naturally occurring shades. These shades have three key components:
- Hue: This is basically the same as color. Natural teeth have hues of yellow, red or gray.
- Chroma: This refers to the intensity of the hue.
- Value: This determines how light or dark the shade is.
These various factors mean that people will have subtle yet distinct differences in their smiles. In order to make sure your crown looks as natural as possible, the correct shade will need to be selected.
How Does the Dentist Color Match My Crown?
Usually, your dentist will use a shade guide for color matching dental crowns in Southlake. They’ll hold the guide next to your teeth until a similar shade is found.
While that may sound straightforward, there is a process to consider. For one thing, the dentist will start by determining the value before narrowing down the hue and chroma. Furthermore, natural or fluorescent lighting should always be used during the examination since regular incandescent lights can change how colors appear.
A grey bib can be used to cover up any bright colors you might be wearing, thus reducing color contrast. (For similar reasons, you might be asked to remove your lipstick or makeup.) Furthermore, the grey area gives the dentist’s eyes a place to rest. This is important because the rod cells in the eyes responsible for color perception can get tired easily.
How Can I Be Sure the Color Matching is Accurate?
Since color perception can be subjective, the dentist may ask for a second opinion. Alternatively, they can use a spectrometer that can accurately sense color. Afterwards, the shade of your teeth will be documented along with drawings or digital photos that will be used for creating the dental crown at a laboratory. While an exact match is very difficult to obtain, you can often get a very close match where the casual observer won’t be able to tell the difference.
If you have any questions about the dental crown process, feel free to ask your dentist at any point; it’s important to understand what’s going on and why particular steps are being taken. A dazzling smile starts with speaking with a dental professional you can trust!
About the Author
Dr. Ravi Doctor has been practicing for over 30 years and uses what he calls “dentistry evolved” to give patients a wide range of quality treatments using modern techniques and technologies. He offers many different restorative and cosmetic services such as color-matched dental crowns. To schedule an appointment at his Southlake practice, visit his website or call (817) 328-2400.