ASSESSMENT OF CONCEPT OF SHADE SELECTION OF DENTISTS PRACTICING ESTHETIC DENTISTRY
The aim of this cross sectional study was to determine the knowledge and concept of shade selection amongst dentists practicing esthetic dentistry in Karachi. A total of 283 participants were recruited in this study, out of which 183 were females and 100 were males. Each participant was asked to fill a questionnaire comprising of questions regarding shade selection.
Out of the total number of subjects, 47.8% of the dentists believed that the dentist should give only their advice to the patients on final shade selection. 34.2% preferred to rest their eyes on a blue or grey object prior to shade selection.71.6% thought it was best if the tooth remains moist at the time of shade selection. 83.5% preferred to perform shade selection prior to dental procedure.
The questionnaire revealed some startling deficiencies in the practice of shade selection amongst dentist in Pakistan. Significant effort needs to be made in educating dentists about the proper guidelines regarding shade selection.