Do you (or someone you know) have a single tooth or crown that doesn’t match your other teeth in color? Have you been told that you need to get crowns or veneers on SEVERAL or ALL (4-8) of your front teeth in order to get a match?

    NOT TRUE.

    The most common problem is having a dentist who doesn’t have a ceramist capable of this type of artistry. The truth is that matching a single tooth can be extremely difficult. But dental technicians that make the crowns vary very widely in their skills and ability to create beautiful, REAL looking, teeth. In order to get a perfect shade match, your dentist may need to use a different technician or even a different lab in order to achieve the results you desire. To get the best match in this scenario, you need a highly skilled ceramist, and the most highly skilled dental technicians charge a premium, and are few and far between.

    Most dentists either don’t have access to a lab of this caliber, or, more often than not, they aren’t willing to pay the extra lab expenses because it cuts into their profit margin. And they’re either unable or unwilling to do what it takes to arrive at a perfect match. And so they sell you 5 crowns more than you NEED to make their job easier and more profitable. But – it CAN be done. Sad, isn’t it?

     

    Mismatched Crown 2Enamel is translucent and reflects and refracts the light. Dental porcelain is translucent but is rarely used, anymore. Less expensive materials like Zirconium and Lithium Disilicate have replaced porcelain in the dental industry. Most dentists inaccurately call these two materials “porcelain”, but they are not. In the hands of a talented laboratory technician they can look like a perfect natural tooth. However, because most dentists are unwilling to pay a premium for quality crowns the new crowns rarely match. The manufacturers have developed automated methods of crown fabrication that is slowly replacing the talented laboratory technicians. So, there is a significant shortage of talented laboratory technicians.

    Yes, doing 6 or 8 teeth will definitely be easier for the less skilled technicians to match. But instead of doing/paying for more crowns or veneers, just pay more for the ONE you actually need and choose a better dentist and lab technician.