Sharpen Your Shading Skills in a Single-Day Session

Dentistry Today


Dentists and technicians who want to brush up on their color work can sign up for World Class Single-Tooth Shade Matching, with hands-on practice and a live demonstration, on Friday, January 29, in Naperville, Ill. Ceramist Luke S. Kahng, CDT, will lead the one-day course.

“Dentists can learn about how to make the best custom-shade match, and document it, and communicate with their laboratory to avoid a lot of hassle,” Kahng said. “Going 3 or 4 times back and forth with the laboratory is not matching. ‘I need more stain here, more down there,’ you know? We can give them a clear guide.”

While working with a live patient who needs a No. 10 crown replaced, participants will match the adjacent teeth, fabricate the prosthetic, and perform the try-in, all in a single day. Kahng will critique each participant’s work while offering guidance. Participants simply need to bring their own brush and palate.

The day will begin at 8 am with an hour-long PowerPoint presentation on understanding the natural tooth and achieving the best match. Next, Kahng will explain the custom shade library via the live patient, along with his own map of color choices. After the lunch break, Kahng will delve into tooth morphology.

“What is the natural glazing, what is the surface texture, in order to match the adjacent teeth?” Kahng inquired. “So, I will explain about internal and external stain along with an all-process strategy. Then we will have a question and answer session. We have a lot of patient pictures too. I can explain them so everyone understands fully.”

Participants will get to apply porcelain directly on the patient with multilayering. They also will learn how to take quality photographs that their labs can use. Come 5 pm, one of Kahng’s dentist colleagues will replace and cement the crown.

Tuition is $795 for participants with a shade guide, $695 for regular participants, and $295 for nonparticipating observers who won’t work on the live patient. Also, 8 continuing education credits will be available for doctors and technicians through GC America. To register, call (630) 955-1010, ext. 515, email, or go to

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