Shade Tests – What You Need To Know – Perth Dental Lab
Shade testing is not as simple as it sounds and needs to be left to the professionals. We have several dentists trust PMC – Perth Dental Lab and this article will explain why. We understand the importance of correct shade matching and have reliable tools that we use to carry out the procedure. We combine high-quality lighting, photography and the VITAPAN classical system for accurate shade determination.
Everyone is different
Everyone’s set of teeth have a specific shade. This is usually determined by many factors including diet, oral health and environment to name but a few. While some have snow white teeth others have tints of yellow or orange. The colour, its brightness and saturation are what make up what is referred to as the shade of a person’s teeth. Shade matching aims at determining what the teeth’s shade is. Why is such a test important? When getting an implant, you need it to look exactly like your tooth. This way, no one can notice that it is an implant. This is in line with the aim of making an implant as realistic as possible and serving its purpose of improving your smile.
Patients should note that the shade test is performed at a dental laboratory. However, the preliminary procedures can be performed by a dentist of the dental technician. Either way, this will involve taking photographs of your dentition. Note that you may be asked to remove lipstick and/or bright makeup. If you will be wearing bright coloured clothes, a grey cloth will be draped on your front facet. This helps minimise the interference of this
colours on that of the image of the dentition. This procedure will only take five minutes and you can go back home as you await the results.
At the Perth Milling Centre, a technician will do the rest of the work. This involves comparing the image taken to the VITAPAN classical system and choosing an appropriate shade which is what will be used to make the dental implant you would like made. Our technicians are highly qualified and experienced. They will never
make a mistake in the shade. We even double check to ensure that the shade is chosen correctly. Whether it is a zirconia or ceramic implant, we will make it in the perfect shade to look exactly like the rest of your teeth. There will be no need for reshades or remakes which waste time and money and cause distress to the patient and dentist.