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question (id # 402)


My new crown was very expensive but still looks a little different in colour to the original teeth in different lights.  Should it not look the same as the others?

answer 1

What must be remembered is that you can only replace natural teeth precisely with a tooth of the same age that has had the same life experiences at the same times and moments (even identical twins can be told apart by the parents!).  


All materials used to replace teeth are an illusion - an illusion of your tooth.  So, in different lights and conditions they will vary.  A success is when they look real and in true harmony.    



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answer 2

Whole text-books have been written on the subject. There are digital machines which measure the average colour of teeth, and will give a technician a prescription for matching porcelains, but the best results are achieved by letting the patient visit the technician for colour matching, or by taking a digital photograph with a graded colour tab held next to the teeth. Either of these options will allow the technician to build in the subtle nuances that make good crowns look like natural teeth. There are other aspects to shade matching such as the ambient light and the hydration of the teeth when photographing them, but a good technician will be well aware of these matters.

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answered by Dr Nigel Jones BDS






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