Romanian Journal of Oral Rehabilitation Numarul 4 STUDY REGARDING TOOTH SHADE MATCHING USING DIGITAL DENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY

STUDY REGARDING TOOTH SHADE MATCHING USING DIGITAL DENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Kinga Mária Jánosi, Diana Cerghizan, Laura Valentina Budușan, Adriana Elena Crăciun, Monica Dora Baloș, Liana Georgiana Hănțoiu, Izabella Mureșan, and Aurița Ioana Albu

Abstract

Choosing the right color is crucial in oral rehabilitation. Shade matching has often been a dilemma in the past but remained a crucial procedure even in our daily practice, especially in the case of frontal restorations. Digital photography is a common way of communication between medical team members and could be used in dental practice with a high success rate for accurate shade selection. The study aims to qualitatively compare the L*, a*, and b* values of shade matching obtained by digital photographs with two different devices: a smartphone (with flash and without flash) and a digital camera using the Vita Classical shade guide. The results showed that a correctly set DSLR camera could be used successfully to perform shade matching; older smartphones with automatic settings are not suitable for shade matching.

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