Color Matching Curriculum (CMC) is a non-commercial education and training program, developed by the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD, www.scadent.org), member of the International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (IFED) and the American College of Prosthodontics (ACP) Prosthodontic Forum. The topic and content of this combined didactic – hands-on course are very pertinent to practice given that a vast majority of dental restorations are tooth colored. The program is applicable to every dental professional, educator and student, every patient and every tooth colored restoration, and can facilitate the practice of dentistry. The CMC combines didactic and hands-on portion, and it is immediately applicable in dental office. A CMC pdf will be distributed to all attendees.
How good are we when it comes to shade matching? In two recently published studies (JPD, JERD), with more than 7000 shade matchings combined, barely over 50% of students matched one of THREE best matching tabs from shade guide. However, a very significant improvement (35-47%) in shade matching quality was achieved upon education and training.
How much it cost? According to some calculations, shade matching cost is approximately $20,000 per year, while the cost of color corrections and remakes associated with shade mismatching exceeds $14,000 per year, chair-side time-wise only. This does not include the lab costs, frustration of dental professional, and patient’s disappointment and time.
The course will emphasize the essentials of a plan for successful color matching in both the dental office and the dental laboratory, with step-by-step instructions. Examples and practical suggestions will be provided, including the latest changes recommended by the presenter.