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Volume 5 , Issue 2
March/April 1992

Pages 130-136

Colorimetric Evaluation of the Effect of Porcelain Opacity on the Resultant Color of Porcelain Veneers


PMID: 1524633

The effect of porcelain veneer opacity on the resultant shade of a veneer-substrate system was evaluated colorimetrically. Three groups of porcelain discs were fabricated using shade A1 Ceramco G veneer porcelain diluted with 0%, 25%, or 50% translucent porcelain. The discs were luted to a shade C4 substrate using an untinted resin composite luting agent. A custom shade guide was fabricated. All samples were analyzed with a Chrome Meter using Munsell and CIE LAB notation. ANOVA showed significant differences (P less than .05) for each coordinate in both the Munsell and CIE LAB color space for all groups. The smallest delta E*ab for all groups was noted with shade tab C2. The resultant shade was neither the shade of the porcelain (A1) nor the substrate (C4). The data indicate that the translucent porcelain has as great or greater effect on the color coordinates of the veneer-substrate system as the substrate material.

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