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Easy color matching in restorative dentistry

Essential step before doing composite resin restoration, color matching can be done in several ways.


Using composite samples directly applied on the tooth surface is one of these methods.
Let’s see through a clinical case how we can do that.

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A 15 year old patient comes to the office to replace the defective composite restoration on tooth 11 and to find a solution to improve the shape of teeth 12 and 22.
Given the age of the patient, we propose the following treatment:

  • new composite restauration on tooth 11
  • gingivectomy on 12 and 22 to correct the gum level
  • semi direct composite veneers on 12 and 22
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The aesthetic analysis is followed by the trying and validation of aesthetic project by the patient.

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2 month after completing gingivectomy, the composite restoration can be performed.
To match the color of the tooth, we put on the tooth surface « try buttons »:

  • dentin composite samples on the top row (Enamel Plus Hri, UD1, UD2, UD3, Bisico)
  • enamel composite samples from the bottom row (Enamel Plus Hri, EU1, EU2, EU3, Bisico)
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On a photograph, we note that saturation of sample 2 corresponds to the saturation of dentin body of natural teeth.

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A control of hue and saturation with the Adobe Photoshop software© information panel confirms that the values are almost identical between the composite sample and the sample extracted from the natural tooth.

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The choice of the enamel value is made on a black and white photography. Value enamel syringe 2 is retained.

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In the same way as for the selection of the dentin, the digital analysis confirms our choice.

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Postoperative outcome

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  • How do you match color in restorative dentistry?
  • Do you systematically take pictures when you make a color matching?

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