|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 3-7
Color matching in facial prosthetics: A systematic review
Rani Ranabhatt, Kamleshwar Singh, Ramashanker Siddharth, Shuchi Tripathi, Deeksha Arya
Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Submission||06-Apr-2016|
|Date of Acceptance||23-Aug-2016|
|Date of Web Publication||9-Jan-2017|
Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, King George's Medical University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Color matching to the surrounding skin is extremely important in patients wearing maxillofacial prostheses. It is of utmost importance to know the different techniques of color matching and coloring in maxillofacial prostheses. The purpose of this study is to review the literature data with regard to color matching in maxillofacial prosthetics. An electronic search of peer review restricted to English language dental literature was conducted to identify the relevant scientific article on color matching and coloring in maxillofacial prostheses. The publication year was up to December 2015 so that the search could include all the articles provided in that particular database. Two independent observers independently read the abstracts and later preselected full-text articles. A full-text review was carried out only for 15 articles. Out of the 15 articles, 7 were related to coloring using tinting, spraying, milling, and use of commercial cosmetics. Three studies were related to shade matching in maxillofacial prostheses. Two studies conducted the measurement of color in maxillofacial prostheses. Only one study had explained color and its relevance in maxillofacial prosthetics. Only one study was done for reproducing silicone shade guide matching Indian skin color. In addition, a single pilot study was done to measure facial skin and lip color in a human population sample stratified by race, gender, and age. Currently, there is no evidence discussing the best technique available for perfectly matching the color for the fabrication of maxillofacial prostheses. However, the latest instruments such as spectrophotometer and colorimeters are believed to have improved efficiency in matching the color.
Keywords: Color, color matching, facial prosthesis, spectrophotometer
|How to cite this article:|
Ranabhatt R, Singh K, Siddharth R, Tripathi S, Arya D. Color matching in facial prosthetics: A systematic review. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2017;17:3-7
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Ranabhatt R, Singh K, Siddharth R, Tripathi S, Arya D. Color matching in facial prosthetics: A systematic review. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 18];17:3-7. Available from: http://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2017/17/1/3/197935
| Introduction|| |
Color matching has always been a challenge to the maxillofacial prosthodontists. Matching accurate color information of human skin is an important step in the fabrication of facial prosthesis. Facial prostheses are fabricated using restorative material such as acrylic resin  or silicone, and the color results from the addition of colorants to them. Colorants are dyes or pigments that give color to otherwise colorless objects or modify perceived color. When prosthesis is indiscernible to the surrounding skin, there will be best esthetic outcomes.
Various subjective and objective techniques have been used to achieve an accurate skin looking match. The subjective technique includes chairside visual trial and error method. Ouellette  developed a spraying technique for coloring facial prosthesis which provided a feasible method for realistically tinting silicone prostheses following which tinting, tattooing methods, milling machine method, and use of commercial cosmetics  evolved.
Compared with a chairside visual trial-and-error method  and facial skin shade guides, instrumental colorimetric or photometric techniques were noted to provide more quantitative, reliable, and consistent assessment of an object's color under controlled conditions.,
There are many studies regarding different color matching techniques.,,,,,, However, so far, no systematic reviews on color matching in maxillofacial prostheses had been reported. Hence, the purpose of this article is to review the available literature with regard to color matching in maxillofacial prosthetics.
| Materials and Methods|| |
The overall search strategy is shown in [Table 1]. The assessment criteria were defined in accordance with the Population or Patient, Intervention, Comparison or Control, Outcome and Study type criteria [Figure 1].
The review included all the studies, in which participants wore facial prostheses (ocular, orbital, auricular, and lip and nasal prostheses). Neither there were restrictions regarding the sex or age of participants nor on the article types. None of the included studies (n = 15) described color matching objectively, so it was assumed that patient acceptance of the prosthesis indicated an appropriate color match. Hence, the main outcome parameter was defined as acceptability of the prosthesis by the patients.
English language peer-reviewed dental literature was electronically searched to identify the relevant scientific article on color matching in maxillofacial prostheses. MEDLINE and PubMed searches were carried out by using the following index word and phrase searches: maxillofacial prostheses and color, maxillofacial prostheses and color matching, maxillofacial prostheses and spectrophotometer, and maxillofacial prostheses and colorimeter. The publication year was from January 1900 to December 2015 so that the search could include all the available articles provided in that particular database. Two independent observers independently read the abstracts and later the preselected full-text articles.
For studies meeting the inclusion criteria, articles with full text were obtained and evaluated further. The titles and abstracts of all the screened articles were assessed and reviewed for appropriateness so as to fulfill the purposes of the systematic review. Finally, a further manual search, including the citations of the finally obtained articles, was done to improve the electronic search.
| Results|| |
The electronic search in the PubMed database provided a total of 194 articles that were considered potentially relevant. The text found using the “and” Boolean operator in between the search words namely; Maxillofacial prostheses and color matching, Maxillofacial prostheses and color, Maxillofacial prostheses and spectrophotometer, Maxillofacial prostheses and colorimeter were 10,158,20 and 6 respectively.
In the second phase of article selection, duplicate articles (34) were excluded and 92 articles were excluded after studying the title. Subsequently, in the third phase of the study, 38 studies were excluded after reading the abstract, and then a full-text review of 30 articles was eventually carried out. After reading the full text, 15 articles were excluded, and a total of 15 articles were selected for the systematic review.
Out of the 15 selected studies, 7 studies were regarding coloring the maxillofacial prostheses using spraying technique by Ouellette, tinting method by Firtell and Barlett, tattooing technique by Schaaf, milling technique by Chalian et al., use of commercial cosmetics by Hanson, use of cosmetic pigments by Aina et al., and a new method for coloring facial prostheses. Three studies were there for developing shade guides for matching the color of facial prostheses. Two studies investigated the measurement of color in maxillofacial prostheses. Only one study had explained color and its application in maxillofacial prosthetics. Only one study was conducted for reproducing silicone shade guide matching in Indian skin color. In addition, a single pilot study was done to measure facial skin and lip color in a human population sample stratified by age, gender, and race.
| Discussion|| |
Special techniques in tinting and coloring of prostheses to obtain realistic effects are required due to the heterogeneity of tones and shades, the illusion of depth, and the varying degrees of translucency present in human skin. Studies regarding the coloration techniques and color matching for maxillofacial prostheses are heterogeneous because of the multiple techniques available for color matching based on skin translucency, skin tones, population, etc., [Table 2].
There is no randomized controlled trial (RCT), systematic review, or literature review available regarding the color matching in maxillofacial prostheses. However, a single literature review for the measurement of color stability in maxillofacial prostheses was available. Most of the studies included in this systematic review were techniques related to color matching and case reports.
Autopolymerizing acrylic resin for the fabrication of shade guide was used by Schaff because of its availability, and its use is understood by most dentists. Color tabs of thickness of 1.5 mm were established for the shade guide, which approximated the usual thickness of acrylic resin prosthesis. Thickness must be taken into account in selecting a color because the background of the anatomical defect will influence the color of the prosthesis. Godoy prepared an acrylic resin shade guide by mixing various colors of autopolymerizing acrylic resin or by combining the different color mixes with dry earth pigments. Guttal et al. developed a silicone shade guide for Indian skin color using stock powder with pigments. The predominant colors that match the Indian skin color are light red, burnt umber, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and Vandyke brown.
Five pigments such as melanin, melanoid, reduced hemoglobin, oxyhemoglobin, and carotene, which are found in various layers of the skin, were attributed to skin color according to Edwards and Duntley. The absorptive uniqueness of these skin pigments, especially of melanin, provided the total reflected light and determines the value, hue, and saturation of the skin color. Wasserman conducted spectrophotometric analysis of skin color in different racial groups and found that irrespective of race, the dominant reflected hue is red. Dissimilarity between races and the different variances in the same population are governed by the melanin content. Gillman and Cantor et al. stressed the importance of tinting facial materials with pigments that will result in spectrophotometric curves close to those of human skin and so affect an acceptable color match. The closer the spectral curves, the less of a problem metamerism becomes.,
Hanson et al. reported that the use of combinations of premixed cosmetic earth pigments in facial prosthesis coloring techniques provides an efficient and predictable method of fabricating skin-colored prostheses.
Newer studies occurring on the change in color of the maxillofacial prosthesis depending on the investment mold used for packing procedures show that die stone shows most statistically significant color change, hence color matching is influenced by the type of mold.
Most of the times, shade matching for maxillofacial prosthesis is done using trial and error method during packing procedure either for resin prosthesis or silicone prosthesis. Tinting of the prosthesis using oil color is also a commonly advocated technique for color matching of ocular prosthesis.
Currently, there is no evidence discussing the best technique available for perfectly matching the color for the fabrication of facial prostheses. However, the newer techniques such as spectrophotometer and colorimeters are believed to have improved efficiency in matching the color.
In addition, there is no RCT indicating the superiority of one method of color matching over the other for producing the best color match, so more research in the area and in particular RCT studies are clearly indicated to determine the best technique for color matching.
Out of the total 194 articles, a few studies were found related to the fabrication of facial prostheses and basic color matching techniques, but studies related to advanced color matching techniques were scarce. This suggests that long-term longitudinal studies should be done in advanced color matching techniques.
| Conclusion|| |
Color matching is a crucial step in the fabrication of maxillofacial prostheses. There are diverse methods to match the color to facial skin in maxillofacial prosthetics. With the advent of newer methods, the procedure of coloration has been more accurate and less time taking.
This systematic review demonstrated that the most common technique utilized in clinical practice for color matching of facial prostheses is trial and error method. Although the available data for color matching of facial prostheses are limited, there is no current evidence indicating the superiority of one technique over the other.
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