Dr. Rella Christensen

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Rella Christensen, RDH, PhD

Rella Christensen, PhD co-founded Clinical Research Associates and directed this well-known dental products testing institute for 27 years and subsequently served as chairman of its Board of Directors. Currently, she is the founder and team leader of a laboratory dedicated to in-depth and long-term clinical studies on restorative materials, preventive dentistry, and dental caries, known as Technologies in Restoratives And Caries Research (TRAC Research). She has published research on restorative materials, dental caries, resin polymerization problems, disinfectants, facemasks, and effects of polishing on oral biofilm and tooth structure and has been the lead scientist and author of more than 1,800 studies reported in the CRA Newsletter. She is a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the International and American Associations for Dental Research. As a nondentist, she was inducted into the International College of Dentists, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Dentistry International as an honorary member. She was selected as “A Distinguished Leader” by the Dental Manufacturers of America and a Leader in Continuing Education by Dentistry Today many times. In 2001 she became the Distinguished Alumnus of Brigham Young University’s School of Life Sciences. In 2002 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Utah Valley State University. In 2011, she was named one of Dental Products Report “Top 25 Women in Dentistry” and one of the “30 Leaders in Dentistry” by Takacs Learning Center. In 2012, she was named “Most Influential Researcher” by Dr. Bicuspid.


“Do All Monolithic Crown Materials Serve Equally Well?” - Clinically important findings will be shown from an on-going evaluation that has grown to include 17 products serving in full-contour molar crowns. Definite differences are becoming apparent in durability, retention, esthetics, and wear