Authors: G Khashayar *• A Dozic 1• CJ Kleverlaan 2• AJ Feilzer3
*Ghazal Khashayar, DDS, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), Dental Materials, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1-Alma Dozic, DDS, PhD, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), Amsterdam, Netherlands
2-Cornelis J Kleverlaan, PhD, ACTA, Universiteit van Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit, Department of Dental Materials Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3-Albert J Feilzer, DDS, PhD, Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), Dental Materials, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Different color measuring devices (CMDs) are used to determine tooth color and the color of the matching restoration during the manufacturing process. This study questions whether it is possible to communicate color accurately when dentists and dental laboratories use different CMDs at different locations.
The objective of this study was to clinically test whether the data from two different spectrophotometers, based on spot and surface measurements, can be compared.
Under standardized clinical conditions two devices (Vita Easyshade and SpectroShade-Micro) were used to record the color of three areas (cervical, middle, and incisal) per tooth for three upper maxillary anterior teeth in 102 participants. Each position was measured three times to attain an average for the CIE L*a*b* coordinates and to attain the corresponding Vita Classical shade tab integrated in the software of both devices. Vita tabs were also described as L*a*b* values using earlier published translations so that color differences (ΔE) could be calculated between them.
The regression analysis between the two devices showed that the independent correlation coefficients of the L*a*b* values are low. Yet when the suggested shade codes are compared with Vita colors instead of L*a*b*, 40% of the cases were equal and 51% were clinically acceptable.
According to this study the two devices do not give a comparable shade selection output, and thus the exchange of L*a*b* values between the two spectrophotometers cannot be recommended.
Source: Operative Dentistry