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Stephen J. Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT

Dr. Stephen Chu received his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1984 and his master’s degree in restorative dentistry and certificate in post-graduate Fixed Prosthodontics from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1986. He subsequently obtained his dental technician certification in dental ceramics in 1996 and ASMDT status in 1998 at New York University College of Dentistry. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Implant Dentistry, Director of the Advanced CDE Program in Aesthetic Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry, Associate Professor and Director of Esthetic Education at Columbia University and Prosthodontic Section Editor for PPAD [Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry, Montage Media Corp.].

Dr. Chu maintains a private practice with Dr. Dennis Tarnow in New York City [New York Center for Specialized Dentistry] in aesthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. Dr. Chu is a contributor to The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers, authored by Dr. Galip Gurel (Quintessence Publishing, 2003), The Fundamentals of Esthetic Implant Dentistry, authored by Dr. Abdelsalam Askary (Blackwell Publishing 2007), and Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry authored by Drs. Mark Wolff and John Calamia (Dental Clinics of North America 2007). He has published over 15 articles and lectures worldwide on the subjects of aesthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. He has recently co-authored The Fundamentals of Color: Shade Matching and Communication in Esthetic Dentistry (Quintessence Publishing, 2004) and is completing Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry: Principles and Practice (Montage Media Corp., 2007) co-authored with Dr. Dennis Tarnow and Mr. Jason Kim, CDT.

Textbook Publications

The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers [Galip Gurel]
Quintessence Publishing Company, 2003
Chapter 5 [Color] Author – Chu, S.
The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers details the expanding field of porcelain laminate veneers in esthetic dentistry. It guides the esthetic dentist in understanding the needs of the patient and formulating a treatment plan that includes not only esthetic considerations, such as color and smile design, but also occlusal, periodontal, and functional requirements. In addition, it discusses the use of porcelain laminate veneers in diastema closure, the treatment of tetracycline discoloration, and in conjunction with orthodontic therapy. New techniques to ensure minimally invasive tooth preparation and maximum space creation for the dental technician are explored, and impression materials for porcelain laminate veneers are compared. The detailed guides to alternative porcelain materials and their step-by-step applications make this book invaluable for general practitioners, dental technicians, and the entire esthetic team.

The Fundamentals of Color: Shade Matching and Communication in Esthetic Dentistry
Quintessence Publishing Company 2004, Carol Steam, IL Authors: Chu, S., Devigus, A., Mieleszko, A. Providing patients with a natural-looking smile is an important goal for the dental professional. However, obtaining an accurate shade match for restorations can be a difficult and frustrating experience. This lavishly illustrated book explains the basic science and art of color to help the reader better understand the mechanics involved in the shade-matching process. Moreover, it details the myriad clinical elements that can affect the perception of color. The authors also present easy-to-follow protocols for both conventional and technologically advanced shade matching, including tips for communicating with the lab technician, as well as a recommended protocol that combines both approaches. The appendix demonstrates this final approach through a series of case studies. This unique guide to color will allow the clinician to achieve an accurate and esthetic shade match the first time, every time.

Fundamentals of Esthetic Implant Dentistry [Abdelsalam Elaskary]
Blackwell Publishing 2007
Chapter Author: Color Theory, Shade Matching and Communication in Implant Dentistry
Esthetic dentistry and implant dentistry continue to grow in patient demand and professional popularity. More now than ever, clinicians are faced with the need to combine form with function, art with science. The considerable scientific and technical leaps that have been made in this field mean that this goal is now more achievable, and Fundamentals of Esthetic Implant Dentistry seeks to share these advances with practitioners and students alike.

Dental Clinics of North America: Successful Esthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry for the Modern Dental Practice [Calamia, Wolff, and Simonsen]
Elsevier Saunders Inc. 2007
Chapter Author:Clinical Steps to Predictable Color Management in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry
Cutting edge information for all dentists! Topics include smile design, bonding to dentin and enamel, bonding to porcelain and metal, diagnosis and clinical management of color, bleaching, anterior and posterior restorations, fillers and cements, implants, lasers, and much more!

Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry; Principles and Practice
Montage Media Corp. 2007, Mahwah, NJ Authors: Tarnow, D., Chu, S., Kim, J.

Tooth Preparation: Rationale and Clinical Procedures
Qunitessence Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL
Authors: Chu, S. and Sulikowski, A.
Release Date – 2009

Article Publications

1) Laypersons' perception of facial and dental asymmetries
Silva BP, Jiménez-Castellanos E, Martinez-de-Fuentes R, Greenberg JR, Chu S. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2013 Nov-Dec;33(6):e162-71. doi: 10.11607/prd.1618. PMID: 24116371 [PubMed - in process]

2) Managing esthetic challenges with anterior implants. Part 1: midfacial recession defects from etiology to resolution.
Chu SJ, Tarnow DP. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2013 Oct;34 Spec No 7:26-31. PMID: 24564678 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

3) On the interfacial fracture of porcelain/zirconia and graded zirconia dental structures.
Chai H, Lee JJ, Mieleszko AJ, Chu SJ, Zhang Y. Acta Biomater. 2014 Aug;10(8):3756-61. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2014.04.016. Epub 2014 Apr 24. PMID: 24769152 [PubMed - in process]

4) Flapless postextraction socket implant placement in the esthetic zone: part 1. The effect of bone grafting and/or provisional restoration on facial-palatal ridge dimensional change-a retrospective cohort study.
Tarnow DP, Chu SJ, Salama MA, Stappert CF, Salama H, Garber DA, Sarnachiaro GO, Sarnachiaro E, Gotta SL, Saito H. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2014 May-Jun;34(3):323-31. doi: 10.11607/prd.1821. PMID: 24804283 [PubMed - in process]

5) A novel prosthetic device and method for guided tissue preservation of immediate postextraction socket implants.
Chu SJ, Hochman MN, Tan-Chu JH, Mieleszko AJ, Tarnow DP. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2014;34 Suppl 3:s9-17. doi: 10.11607/prd.1749. PMID: 24956098 [PubMed - in process]

6) Color-matching strategies for non-vital discolored teeth: part 1. Laboratory ceramic veneer fabrication solutions.
Chu SJ, Mieleszko AJ. J Esthet Restor Dent. 2014 Jul-Aug;26(4):240-6. doi: 10.1111/jerd.12111. Epub 2014 Jul 8. PMID: 25040455 [PubMed - in process]

7) Periodontal-prosthodontics in contemporary practice.
Chu SJ, Paravina RD. J Dent. 2013 Aug;41 Suppl 3:e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2013.06.010. No abstract available. PMID: 23856512 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

8) The dual-zone therapeutic concept of managing immediate implant placement and provisional restoration in anterior extraction sockets.
Chu SJ, Salama MA, Salama H, Garber DA, Saito H, Sarnachiaro GO, Tarnow DP. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2012 Jul-Aug;33(7):524-32, 534. PMID: 22908601 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

9) Maxillary anterior papilla display during smiling: a clinical study of the interdental smile line.
Hochman MN, Chu SJ, Tarnow DP. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2012 Aug;32(4):375-83. PMID: 22577642 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

10) Current clinical strategies with lithium-disilicate restorations.
Chu SJ. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2012 Jan;33(1):64, 66-7. PMID: 22432179 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

11) Human histologic verification of osseointegration of an immediate implant placed into a fresh extraction socket with excessive gap distance without primary flap closure, graft, or membrane: a case report.
Tarnow DP, Chu SJ. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2011 Sep-Oct;31(5):515-21. PMID: 21845246 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

12) Evolution and clinical applications of esthetic ceramic materials in dentistry.
Chu SJ. J Am Dent Assoc. 2011 Apr;142 Suppl 2:3S. No abstract available. PMID: 21454833 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

13) Proximal contact areas of the maxillary anterior dentition.
Stappert CF, Tarnow DP, Tan JH, Chu SJ. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2010 Oct;30(5):471-7. PMID: 20814600 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

14) Dental color matching instruments and systems. Review of clinical and research aspects.
Chu SJ, Trushkowsky RD, Paravina RD. J Dent. 2010;38 Suppl 2:e2-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2010.07.001. Epub 2010 Aug 1. Review. PMID: 20621154 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

15) Placement of immediate implants and a fixed provisional restoration to replace the four mandibular incisors.
Smith RB, Tarnow DP, Brown M, Chu S, Zamzok J. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2009 Sep;30(7):408-10, 413-5; quiz 416, 418. PMID: 19757734 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

16) Papilla proportions in the maxillary anterior dentition.
Chu SJ, Tarnow DP, Tan JH, Stappert CF. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2009 Aug;29(4):385-93. PMID: 19639059 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

17) Restorations of endodontically treated teeth: new concepts, materials, and aesthetics.
Goto Y, Ceyhan J, Chu SJ. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2009 Mar-Apr;21(2):81-9. PMID: 19583165 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

18) Gingival zenith positions and levels of the maxillary anterior dentition.
Chu SJ, Tan JH, Stappert CF, Tarnow DP. J Esthet Restor Dent. 2009;21(2):113-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1708-8240.2009.00242.x. PMID: 19368601 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

19) A biometric approach to aesthetic crown lengthening: part II--interdental considerations.
Chu SJ, Hochman MN, Fletcher P. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2008 Oct;20(9):529-36. PMID: 19113007 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

20) Range and mean discordance of individual tooth width of the mandibular anterior dentition.
Chu SJ, Okubo S. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2008 Jun;20(5):313-20. PMID: 18649834 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

21) A biometric approach to aesthetic crown lengthening: part I--midfacial considerations.
Chu SJ, Hochman MN. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2008 Jan-Feb;20(1):17-24; quiz 26. PMID: 18522340 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

22) A biometric approach to predictable treatment of clinical crown discrepancies.
Chu SJ. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2007 Aug;19(7):401-9; quiz 410. PMID: 17929681 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

23) Range and mean distribution frequency of individual tooth width of the maxillary anterior dentition.
Chu SJ. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2007 May;19(4):209-15. PMID: 17601327 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

24) Clinical steps to predictable color management in aesthetic restorative dentistry.
Chu SJ. Dent Clin North Am. 2007 Apr;51(2):473-85, x. PMID: 17532923 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

25) A historical perspective of synthetic ceramic and traditional feldspathic porcelain.
Chu S, Ahmad I. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2005 Oct;17(9):593-8; quiz 600. PMID: 16465967 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

26) Restorative space management: treatment planning and clinical considerations for insufficient space.
Kim J, Chu S, Gürel G, Cisneros G. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2005 Jan-Feb;17(1):19-25; quiz 26. Review. PMID: 15822479 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

27) Short tooth syndrome: diagnosis, etiology, and treatment management.
Chu SJ, Karabin S, Mistry S. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2004 Feb;32(2):143-52. PMID: 15022706 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

28) Use of a reflectance spectrophotometer in evaluating shade change resulting from tooth-whitening products.
Chu SJ. J Esthet Restor Dent. 2003;15 Suppl 1:S42-8. PMID: 15000904 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

29) Ensuring the quality of aesthetic veneers with digital shade analysis.
Chu SJ. Dent Today. 2003 Feb;22(2):118-21. No abstract available. PMID: 12680271 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

30) Light dynamic properties of a synthetic, low-fusing, quartz glass-ceramic material.
Chu SJ, Ahmad I. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2003 Jan-Feb;15(1):49-56; quiz 58. PMID: 12680064 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

31) The science of color and shade selection in aesthetic dentistry.
Chu SJ. Dent Today. 2002 Sep;21(9):86-9. No abstract available. PMID: 12271849 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

32) A new generation of leucite-reinforced pressable ceramic systems.
Chu SJ, Mieleszko A. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2002 Aug;14(6):467-9. No abstract available. PMID: 12242856 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

33) Precision shade technology: contemporary strategies in shade selection.
Chu SJ. Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2002 Jan-Feb;14(1):79-83; quiz 84. PMID: 11905162 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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