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Tooth Color and Shade Matching

Provide your patients with a natural and aesthetically-pleasing smile!

When dental practitioners lack training in the art and science of color, the deficiency often becomes glaringly evident in the quality of their restorative work. This course will simplify the study of color and help dentists communicate shade easily and accurately. It begins by presenting the basics of color theory within the context of esthetic dentistry and the factors that affect the transmission and perception of color. This is followed by how-to chapters on conventional and technology-based shade matching, which highlight the advantages and drawbacks of each approach and provide step-by-step shade-matching methods and protocols.

Tooth Color and Shade Matching

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Tooth Color and Shade Matching

Tooth Color and Shade Matching
(test only)

6 hours    $30.00

Last reviewed: January 1, 2015
Expires: January 1, 2018

Tooth Color and Shade Matching

About the Authors

Stephen J. Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT, MDT, received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and his master's degree in restorative dentistry and postgraduate certificate in fixed prosthodontics from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He subsequently obtained certification as a dental technician in ceramics and as a master dental technician. He currently serves as an associate professor and director of esthetic education in the Department of Prosthodontics at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He publishes and lectures worldwide on the subjects of esthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry.

Alessandro Devigus, Dr MED DENT, graduated from the University of Zurich (Switzerland) Dental School, where he is currently a CEREC instructor. He is editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry, president of the Neue Gruppe, and an ITI fellow.

Rade D. Paravina, DDS, MS, PhD, is Acting Director of the Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics and is an associate professor at University of Texas Health Dental Branch at Houston. He is founder and former president of the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry and editor of the Journal for Color and Appearance in Dentistry. He also serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Dentistry, Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, the American Journal of Dentistry, and several other peer-reviewed journal. Dr Paravina lectures nationally and internationally on various topics associated with color and appearance in esthetic dentistry.

Adam J. Mieleszko, CDT, graduated in 1997 from New York City Technical College with a degree in dental laboratory technology. In 2000, he earned certification in dental ceramics. Since 2005, he has been a technical instructor at New York University College of Dentistry

Tooth Color and Shade Matching

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Training programs that complement the skills of dental professionals.
  2. Dimensions of color and how they can be applied to shade-matching techniques.
  3. Factors that can affect how dental professionals perceive colors.
  4. Steps clinicians should take when using conventional shade-matching techniques
  5. Protocol associated with successful use of technology-based shade matching.
  6. Appropriate selection and use of shade guides and restorative materials that achieve clinically acceptable results.

Tooth Color and Shade Matching

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

1. Why Study Color?
2. Color Theory
3. Elements Affecting Color
4. Conventional Shade Matching
5. Technology-Based Shade Matching
6. Digital Photography
7. Material Selection
8. Recommended Shade-Matching Protocol
9. Clinical Cases

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