5205 Underwood Ave.
Omaha, NE 68132-2239
(402) 553-8846

Dental Studio Nebraska Doctor Tips

Guiding Principals:

Prep Guides: Above are our recommended guidelines for tooth preparation.

Taking the Shade: The procedure for taking shades involves two basic steps: finding the value range (level of grey) and matching the hue (dominant color).

  1. Take shade prior to prepping teeth.
  2. Remove lipstick.
  3. Drape the patient with a gray napkin.
  4. You need to wear neutral colors as well (gray or white)
  5. Use color correct light such as (Shade Wand, etc.) 6 to 8 inches from teeth.
  6. Keep patients teeth wet during the shade selection process.
  7. Select value 1st with the shade tab in the same plane as the teeth, using the criteria that when the tab appears to be more facially positioned, it is too bright or (too high in value)
    When the tab appears to be more lingual version, the tab is too dark, or (too low in value.)
  8. Remember your initial impression of the shade is the most accurate.
  9. Do not take shade check in sunlight, as light changes.

Shade guides we use are:

- Vita
- Chromascop
- Vitapan 3-D Master
- Though these are most commonly used, we do have access to others upon request.

Technical Tips:

  • Cosmetic Check List:
    To help us serve you better I have put together a checklist of the items needed to complete a cosmetic case.

    1. Photos of pre-op teeth with shade guide, 1:1, 1:2 from different angles.

    2. Photos of preps with stump shade tabs.

    3. Photos of temporaries, full face including eyes, also 1:2.

    4. Photos of temporaries, eye to chin relaxed lip position. Profile

    5. Model of pre-op.

    6. Model of temporaries.

    7. Bite registration.

    8. Stick bite (horizontal plane parallel to interpupillary line).

    9. Detailed lab slip expressing goals of patient.

    10. Indicate the desired length of final restorations.

Preps Guides: http://crowndentalworks.com/prep_guide.html

Recommended Impression Material - 3M™ ESPE-3M has some of the best impression material on the market right now. Their impression materials have been proven to be accurate, durable and easy to use. As a Dental Lab we have developed a preference for 3m products, as they rarely fail if used properly. http://www.3m.com/espe/

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