A study of relationship between skin color and tooth shade value in Population of Udaipur, Rajasthan
Background and Objective: The importance of esthetics in dentistry has shown marked increase owing to new interest and public awareness. Selection of color of teeth for patients when all records of form, color and size have been lost requires knowledge and understanding of a number of physical and biological factors directly related to the patient. This study was aimed at determining the possible relationship between skin color and tooth shade in population of Udaipur, Rajasthan. Methodology: A total of 240 individuals aged above 19 years participated in this study. A Vitapan classical shade guide was used to examine either the maxillary right or left central incisor in natural day light. Tooth shades were divided into 4 categories according to value and skin tones were divided into 3 categories (fair, medium and dark) using of Revlon makeup shades as a guide. Categorical modeling with chi-square analysis was used to analyze the data. Results: Significant tooth shade differences was discovered among the subjects with skin colors (P<0.001). Persons with medium-to-dark skin tones were more likely to have teeth with higher values (lighter), whereas individuals with lighter skin tones tended to have teeth with lower values (darker). Conclusion: Within the limitation of study, tooth shade value and skin colour were inversely related.
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