Your patient is coming in to have their new crown placed. As you position it on the tooth, you immediately see that the restoration’s shade is way off. It stands out and looks unnatural compared to the surrounding teeth, and it doesn’t take long for the patient to notice and point it out too. You have to send the crown back to the dental laboratory for rework, and your patient leaves your practice disappointed to say the least. If this happens on a semi-regular basis, it may be to time to look for another lab.
Why is getting the color right important?
Although you do not directly create the restorations that go into your patients’ mouths, your reputation is on the line. Most of the time, you are the only dental professional they interact with, so they often associate the quality of their crown, bridge, or denture with the quality of your practice. If patients receive overly white, fake-looking restorations, they can get a negative impression of you and the care you provide. On the other hand, when you place restorations that exceed their expectations and seamlessly fit in their smile, they get a positive impression of your practice.
How can you make sure the shade is correct the first time?
There are nearly limitless shade options on the spectrum of colors for restorations, and it can be tricky to pick the right one for each unique patient. Here are some ways to make the process easier:
Work with experts
These days, all facets of dentistry need to end with a natural-looking smile. With advancements in materials and technology, patients expect to keep their teeth’s realistic appearance. These high standards mean that you can’t get by with a sub-par dental lab. Any dental lab can create restorations, but it requires expertise for the final result to look lifelike and match the surrounding teeth exactly. Look for a dental lab with experienced, qualified technicians.
Use advanced technology
Does your dental lab utilize breakthroughs in the industry? Do they have digital dentistry image software and lighting technology that allows the technicians to find a nearly perfect match every time? Your dental lab team should be at the forefront of industry advancements to ensure the best results.
Your dental lab should play an active role beyond just producing restorations. In the planning stage of your patient’s restoration, your dental lab can provide insight and help you select the correct coloration before they begin fabrication. Together, you can confirm the order’s details and make sure it will match your specifications. By working together early on, you can avoid the need for rework down the road.
As much as possible, you want to get the color and look of your restorations on target the first time around. When you partner with the right dental lab, it’s easy to get it right on a consistent basis. That way, your patients can leave satisfied and ready to show off their attractive smiles.
About Perfect Impressions
Perfect Impressions Dental Lab has been serving dental practices since 1986. Founder Gail Johnson is a certified dental technician, a Level 4 graduate of the OBI Foundation of Bioesthetic Dentistry, and a proud L.D. +Pankey alumnus. In the lab, she has less than 1 percent rework factor and uses color-corrected LED lighting to ensure a perfect match. If you would like to work with Perfect Impressions, you can contact us by clicking here.