Papathanasiou Aikaterini

Papathanasiou Aikaterini, D.M.D., D.D.S.|

Dr. Papathanasiou is Associate Professor and Director of the Advanced Education in Esthetic and Operative Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics at TUSDM. Since 2007 she has also served as a Visiting Lecturer for the Continuing Dental Education Programs at New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Papathanasiou graduated from University of Athens Dental School in Greece. She received her Postgraduate Certificate in Operative Dentistry, Endodontics and Cariology from Aarhus University Royal Dental College in Denmark and then continued her postgraduate training in Advanced Education in Esthetic Dentistry at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), where she also received her DMD.

Dr. Papathanasiou has been a full-time faculty member at the Department of Prosthodontics at TUSDM teaching Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral students and conducting research for many years. She has conducted multiple research projects and has numerous publications in peer reviewed dental journals. She lectures and gives hands-on workshops nationally and internationally on Tooth Whitening and Esthetic Dentistry. She is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD) and the International Academy for Dental and Facial Esthetics (IADFE). She is part of the Editorial Team of REALITY ESTHETICS (REALITY Publishing Company) and the Editorial Review Board of Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry (JCD). Additionally, she is the Chair of the University Relations Committee of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Papathanasiou maintained, for many years, a private practice limited to Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry in Athens, Greece. Currently, she practices part-time in Boston, MA.


Friday, December 11 (17.30)

Tooth Whitening: Facts and Fiction

Tooth whitening has become one of the most popular dental treatments available. Candidates for whitening procedures include patients whose teeth are stained by aging, chromogenic foods, endodontic treatment, tetracycline use and smoking or use of other tobacco products. Bleaching is the most conservative treatment for discolored teeth when compared with resin bonded composites, porcelain veneers, or crowns. It offers a simple and economical approach to changing tooth color and improving patient’s smile. Success of the treatment depends on a careful diagnosis by the clinician. Indications, contraindications as well as limitations and safety issues of tooth whitening treatment will be discussed in details. Different systems and methods will be presented and analyzed. In-office tooth whitening procedure and bleaching tray fabrication will be presented step by step. Tooth whitening procedures for non- vital teeth will also be described in details. Today’s treatment plans aim on highly esthetic restorations with minimal invasion on tooth tissues. Tooth whitening techniques in combination with microabrasion, resin infiltration and other minimal invasive dental treatments will be thoroughly discussed.