Rella Christensen, RDH, PhD

 Rella Christensen, RDH, PhD

Rella Christensen, RDH, PhD

Saturday, April 9, 2011
8 am – 11:00 pm; 1:30 - 4:30 pm (repeated)
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, Lab Techs
ODA Course
3 CE Credits
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 New Information & Clinical Tips on Dental Caries and Restorative Materials 
 

In this age of advanced science and technology, why are we still struggling with the most basic questions related to dental caries such as:

  1. When should we cut a tooth; when shouldn’t we cut?
  2. If we cut, how far should we cut?
  3. How should the preparation be treated and the tooth restored to prevent recurrence of infection?
  4. If we don’t cut, how should the tooth be treated – remineralization, fissure sealant, infiltration, laser, some other treatment? How do we know these treatments really “work”?

The mission of TRAC Research Foundation is to answer these questions using microbiology testing during clinical treatments and controlled clinical trials comparing restorative materials. This program will summarize what we have learned so far.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • List steps in placement of long-lasting sealants.
  • Explain why fluoride varnish is proposed to replace in-office use of 1.23/% APF gels and foams.
  • Identify new concepts that show promise in dental caries management.
  • List criteria for purchase of a caries detection instrument.
  • Explain rationale for disinfection of cavity preparations.
  • List four points to teach patients how to prevent dental caries.
  • Explain why tooth brushing at night just before retiring is preferable to brushing only in the morning.
  • List advantages and disadvantages of zirconia-based restorations.
  • Discuss ways clinicians can maximize longevity of Class 2 resin restorations.
  • List characteristics of in-office CAD-CAM blocks that increase durability of these restorations over hand placed resin materials.
 
Rella Christensen, RDH, PhD co-founded Clinical Research Associates (CRA Foundation) in 1976, and for 27 years directed this well-known dental products testing institute. Subsequently she served as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Currently she is the team leader of a non-profit institute dedicated to in-depth and long-term clinical studies of restorative materials, preventive dentistry, and dental caries, known as Technologies in Restoratives And Caries Research (TRAC Research). In 1960, Dr. Christensen received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California, and practiced dental hygiene for over 25 years. She has presented over 1040 dental continuing education programs, totaling over 5200 hours, at U.S. and international locations. In 2001 she was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of Brigham Young University’s School of Life Sciences, and now serves on its National Advisory Board. In 2002 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Utah Valley State University.