Why We See Problems with Teeth Whitening: The Science of Whitening, Part 3

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Rod Kurthy, DMD, Why We See Problems with Teeth Whitening: The Science of Whitening, Part 3
Speaker: Rod Kurthy, DMD
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: PDF
Teeth sensitivity, and even downright pain, is the single most common negative side effect of teeth whitening. Most dentists are confused by whitening sensitivity and do not know any of the science be...more
  • 5.0 (1 Review)
  • Released: 1/5/2013
  • Expiration Date: 9/26/2019
  • Review Date: 9/27/2016
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This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 781.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

Teeth sensitivity, and even downright pain, is the single most common negative side effect of teeth whitening. Most dentists are confused by whitening sensitivity and do not know any of the science behind this phenomenon.

This article discusses the science behind what is actually causing whitening sensitivity and the reasons the most popular treatments are minimally effective. It discusses and describes the two types of whitening sensitivity encountered, and explanations for both, as well as the detrimental pulpal effects of using bleaching lights and lasers.

The science behind current methods attempting to control sensitivity are also discussed, as well as the reasons why they are minimally effective.

Description of Speaker:
Dr. Rod Kurthy practices in Mission Viejo, California. He graduated with highest honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry in 1978, and completed a GP residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Kurthy’s 35 years of research and development include laser and surgical periodontal bone regeneration; endodontic surgery, including bone regeneration and repair of resorptive lesions; teeth whitening; teeth sensitivity; and development of several cosmetic techniques and impression techniques, to name a few. His first participation in periodontal research was in 1976, and teeth whitening in 1977. He is an international lecturer and author of five popular clinical and dental marketing books. He is the recipient of awards and accolades including the Mosby Scholarship Award; FDU Prosthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry Awards; the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Gold Key Award; a commendation from the Chief Attorney of the United States Department of Defense for his role in supporting patients’ rights in disputes with insurance carriers; and in March, 2005, he was selected as the most respected member of Dentaltown.com by more than 60,000 of his peers. Kurthy has authored numerous articles; is frequently interviewed by dental journals and consumer magazines; has appeared numerous times on the covers of several widely-read dental journals in the USA; has been featured six times on national tape interview series; and is a consultant to magazines such as People Magazine and has been a feature writer for Oxygen Women’s Fitness magazine. He has been interviewed and featured numerous times in national media, and has been the personal dentist for the United States Men’s World Cup Soccer Team. Most recently, Kurthy has been widely known for his KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • 1. How sensitivity from whitening affects patients
  • 2. The two distinctly different types of teeth sensitivity caused by teeth whitening
  • 3. How peroxide whitening gels affect dentinal tubules and why
  • 4. Why some patients experience whitening sensitivity and some do not
  • 5. How chemical stabilizers in whitening gels increase whitening sensitivity
  • 6. What affect bleaching lights and lasers have on the pulp during teeth whitening
  • 7. Why dentists typically see higher whitening sensitivity when using bleaching lights and lasers
  • 8. Current popular methods of reducing whitening sensitivity and why they are minimally effective

Dr Kurthy discloses that he has a financial interest in KOR Whitening Deep Bleaching System.

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5.0  (1 Review)
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
User: BrettShecter
Date: 4/7/2013
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
course was good
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