Effective shade communication between the clinician and the dental laboratory has been long-established as a critical step in the successful fabrication and delivery of indirect aesthetic restorations. Contemporary analog shade guides and the means with which they are analyzed have historically been unreliable and fraught with errors of interpretation. Alternative solutions, including custom shade guides, in-lab colour mapping, and advanced DSLR photography protocols have been advocated for by dental professionals. This presentation will discuss a novel device and intuitive technique for digital shade matching and collaboration that allows the clinician and ceramist to create predictable optimal aesthetic results without the use of shade tabs.
1) Identify the common pitfalls and shortcomings associated with contemporary dental photography in shade communicate between dentists and ceramists.
2) Recognize the advantages and limitations of contemporary analog and digital shade communication protocols.
3) List the steps required for the dental ceramist to fabricate indirect restorations utilizing colorimetric data and software.
4) Apply new concepts and technology to current patient base to improve the efficiency of chairside/laboratory intraoral shade taking.