Author(s): Kristiansen J, Sakai M, Da Silva JD, Gil M, IshikawaNagai S
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of a prototype computer colour matching (CCM) system for dental ceramics targeting the colour of natural maxillary central incisors employing a dental spectrophotometer and the Kubelka-Munk theory. METHODS: Seventeen human volunteers with natural intact maxillary central incisors were selected to participate in this study. One central incisor from each subject was measured in the body region by a spectrophotometer and the reflectance values were used by the CCM system in order to generate a prescription for a ceramic mixture to reproduce the target tooth's colour. Ceramic discs were fabricated based on these prescriptions and layered on a zirconia ceramic core material of a specified colour. The colour match of each two-layered specimen to the target natural tooth was assessed by CIELAB colour coordinates (ΔE(*), ΔL(*), Δa(*) and Δb(*)). RESULTS: The average colour difference ΔE(*) value was 2.58±84 for the ceramic specimen-natural tooth (CS-NT) pairs. ΔL(*) values ranged from 0.17 to 2.71, Δa(*) values ranged from -1.70 to 0.61, and Δb(*) values ranged from -1.48 to 3.81. There was a moderate inverse correlation (R=-0.44, p-value=0.0721) between L(*) values for natural target teeth and ΔE(*) values; no such correlation was found for a(*) and b(*) values. CONCLUSION: The newly developed prototype CCM system has the potential to be used as an efficient tool in the reproduction of natural tooth colour. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
This article was published in J Dent
and referenced in Oral Health Case Reports