Independent Study/Web Course

Treating Discolored Teeth – From Diagnosis to Bonding Implications

This course qualifies the enrollee for 3.5 CE credit hours and the cost is $75.
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Course Description

This course will review the different causes of teeth discoloration and present their etiologies and management focused on minimally invasive interventions. Whitening techniques for vital and non-vital teeth will be discussed presenting evidence for the successful management of different clinical cases. All clinical procedures and steps required to achieve success with tooth whitening will be discussed. Implications of bleaching procedures on bonding of resin composite to enamel and dentin will also be discussed while providing a review of types of adhesive materials and bonding techniques for bleached teeth.


Participants should be able to:

  • Diagnose the different etiologies of teeth discoloration and propose conservative treatment options to improve esthetics;
  • Describe the different in-office and at-home whitening techniques including mechanisms of bleaching and materials used for vital and non-vital teeth; and
  • Recognize how and when to perform bonding to bleached enamel and dentin to achieve success with resin composite restorations in combination with whitening techniques.

Course issued: 4/2020; expires 4/2022


Dr. Eric TeixeiraDr. Erica Teixeira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., received her D.D.S. and M.S. from the State University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2000 and 2002, respectively. She completed a Ph.D. in Applied Materials Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, where she also served as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and General Dentistry from 2005-2007. From 2008-2014 Dr. Teixeira worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Teixeira is currently an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics. She has an active practice, focused on minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Teixeira serves as peer reviewer for the Journal of Prosthodontics, Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and Journal of American Dental Association. She is actively involved on clinical teaching and research.


Dr. Cristina VidalDr. Cristina Vidal, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. She obtained her D.D.S., M.S. in Operative Dentistry and Ph.D. in Dental Materials in Brazil. Dr. Vidal teaches Dental Anatomy, pre-clinical and clinical courses in Operative Dentistry, and practices at the College of Dentistry Faculty Group Practice. Dr. Vidal has dedicated more than ten years to biomaterials research focused on the mechanisms of degradation of adhesive interfaces. Her research goal is to obtain long-lasting adhesive restorations by the development of bioactive dental materials that inhibit resin-dentin interface degradation and promote/stimulate dentin repair.


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