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Esthetic rehabilitation in advice such as looking at the patient from a students, general dentists and dental
distance to view the face, and closer to see hygienists. It is of sturdy construction
fixed prosthodontics: the mouth and intraoral tissues, seems (spiral-bound with laminated pages) and
esthetic analysis rather basic. However, the level of detail is
generally suited to both the undergraduate
should withstand the rigours of being
transported around in a student's briefcase
— A systematic and experienced clinician. or backpack. It has 12 chapters, including
approach to prosthetic Subsequent sections go on to analyse
tooth shape and the use of modified
periodontal diagnosis, anatomy,
classification, treatment planning,
treatment Volume 1 transition lines to provide illusion in tooth prevention, non-surgical and surgical
shape and size. Tooth proportions — the use treatment. The individual chapters have
M. Fradeani (Ed) of the Golden Proportion — dealing with tabs for easy location.
UK: Quintessence
price £156, pp352
crowding and spacing is also covered in The book is well illustrated with clinical
ISBN 1850971080 detail, again supported by excellent photographs plus line drawings to
illustrations and diagrams. The section explain concepts such as the orientation
This is a high-quality textbook with over dealing with mandibular incisors is of incisions for flap surgery. The book is
300 pages of information about assessing particularly helpful. Further chapters cover written in a ‘Question and Answer'
patients who are seeking aesthetic dental function, aesthetics, occlusion, soft tissues format, which means that preceding each
treatment. The numerous illustrations, on and there is a short section dealing with paragraph or small section, a question is
glossy pages with a black background, are aesthetics in patients with periodontal posed that is answered in the following
superb in terms of clinical quality and disease. text. At first, this seems a good idea —
photographic reproduction. The book is very well presented in a certainly it prepares students to answer
This is the first of two volumes and readable style with a balance between text, stock questions that might be fired at
covers the aesthetic analysis of the face, examples and cases. Checklists provided in them by a teacher. However, at times it
lips, speech, teeth, and intra-oral soft each section act as an educational reminder. can feel very contrived, as if the text was
tissues. Volume 2, which is yet to be There is a good example of an entire case written first and then a question was
published, will cover prosthetic assessment at the end of the book and an constructed to fit the text. This results in
rehabilitation. example of an assessment pro-forma that some strange questions like ‘What are the
There are many examples of high-quality could be used by the reader. consequences of periodontitis that are so
dentistry on patients with healthy soft This is a book to challenge the thinking of worrisome to the periodontist and
tissues, excellent oral hygiene, and a desire the reader, reminding the clinician to spend remedied by osseous surgery?' Although
to have an improved smile. The cases more time looking outside the patient's allowing students to learn responses to
demonstrate the author's and technician's mouth and learn what is possible with particular questions, this format may not
blend of artistic and clinical skills, but the current materials and techniques. All in all, lead to good, integrated understanding of
treatments are not conservative. Cases tend an outstanding quality production which the topic.
towards the full mouth ceramic will inspire and educate at a level of detail This book is written primarily for US
reconstruction and there is an assumption suited to almost all members of the clinical dentists. The appendix on insurance
that all spaces will be closed with a bridge team involved with aesthetic dentistry. coding has no relevance in the UK, and
or implant retained restoration. many of the drugs and oral care products
The post-op views, where shown, are B. Millar discussed have American trade names
outstanding and the quality of clinical work which will be unfamiliar to the British
and laboratory work is unquestionably of a reader. No references are cited in the text,
very high standard. Unfortunately not all
Manual of clinical but there is an excellent ‘Further Reading'
cases used in the text are shown with post- periodontics: a reference section at the end.
op views and it would also be preferable to Some of the treatment protocols are
see a few cases illustrated at a recall several manual for diagnosis out of step with modern UK practice. For
years later to be able to assess the longer- and treatment example, it is suggested that poorly-
term aesthetic gain. controlled diabetics should only receive
The text begins with patient F.G. Serio, C.E. Hawley emergency periodontal treatment and
communication and surgery design USA: Lexi-Comp treatment should be covered by systemic
showing Dr Fradeani's beautiful surgery in price $54.95, pp146 antibiotics. It is hard to think of the
Italy. The next section is on facial analysis ISBN 1930598823 rationale for this, and this treatment
and, while this cannot be manipulated by This book is presented as a reference philosophy would not be recommended
dental work alone, it is of interest. Some manual for dental and dental hygiene by any UK dental school.


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My main concern is that this book is concepts brought completely up-to-date. been put into making the volume
neither adequate for a periodontist (as it Although it would be difficult not to sufficiently robust to withstand the rigours
does not contain enough information on disagree with an occasional statement or of the surgery environment, including the
the detail of periodontal procedures) nor for aspect in such a comprehensive book as use of heavy duty pages and laminated
a general dentist (as it probably contains this, in general the line taken on the topics covers.
too much information on periodontal ranges from the traditional (eg modified The book is well laid out, with one or two
surgery). Perhaps it will be of interest to Widman flap surgery or nonsurgical pages devoted to the more common oral
those general practitioners with an interest debridement methods) to the very latest soft tissue lesions. Each is described in a
in periodontics who wish to have a further ideas (eg IL-1 genotype testing). All of these systematic manner with clearly defined
reference book for their practice library. are well presented and well balanced. The sections devoted to their aetiology,
text is only lightly referenced which some appearance, diagnosis and management.
P.M. Preshaw might find disappointing in such a Information is presented in an annotated
comprehensive book, but this probably form with extensive use of bullet points
Color atlas of dental helps to maintain the flow of the text.
However, interestingly, a very
that significantly add to its accessibility.
The book is well, but not over illustrated,
medicine: comprehensive list of references (46 pages) and at £35, reasonably priced.
Periodontology are available online from the publisher's
website free of charge, in addition to the
Particularly welcome are the sections
devoted to basic pathological terms and
H.F. Wolf, E.M. Rateitschak, K.H. Rateitschak, T.M. bibliography within the book diagnostic techniques, the sort of thing we
Hassell The real beauty of this book is the 1870 all should know, may well have forgotten
Germany: Thieme Verlasgruppe figures and illustrations whose quality and are too embarrassed to ask. Of equal
price €199.95, pp531 throughout is truly unsurpassed. This, importance is the readily accessible ‘special
ISBN 3136750039 together with the very high quality of the topics' section, which covers a range of
Colour atlases are often seen as the ‘coffee book production and the superb care that issues such as the particular problems,
table publications' of the medical and has been taken to assemble the contents which might be encountered in post radio-
dental literature and certainly here is a make this a truly excellent volume. I cannot or chemotherapy patients, a group which
volume that could comfortably grace the imagine any clinician with even a passing the dental clinician is increasingly likely to
finest coffee tables of the world. This is the interest in periodontology not finding this meet. On a more cautious note, potential
third edition of a critically acclaimed book book an absolute delight, and there is readers need to be aware of this book's
which has been revised and updated since enough information to interest and satisfy American origin. While clinical
the second edition appeared in 1989. It has the more specialist reader. I would strongly descriptions transcend national boundaries,
also been considerably extended by 200 recommend you treat yourself to a copy. drug names, and in some instances
extra pages to make a total of 530. Indeed, recommended practices differ between
even the description ‘colour atlas' greatly F.J. Hughes jurisdictions and some of the advice given
undersells this book, which includes differs from contemporary British practice.
sizeable text sections to accompany the
wonderful illustrations and clinical
Oral soft tissue diseases: For example, when considering
antibacterial prophylaxis in the prevention
photographs. A reference manual for of endocarditis, the current British
The book has comprehensive coverage of
the field of periodontology. It is divided into
diagnosis and recommendations are for 3g of oral
amoxicillin to be taken one hour prior to
12 main sections detailing aetiology and management the procedure, whereas Oral soft tissue
pathogenesis, classification and types of diseases advises a dose of 2g.
J.R. Newland, T.F. Meiller, R.L. Wynn, H.L. Crossley
disease, principles of periodontal treatment, Though this book has a clearly defined
USA: Lexi-Comp
extensive coverage of all treatment role as a valued source of ready
price $49.95/£35, pp138
modalities in periodontology, and a useful ISBN 1591950139
information to which a busy clinician —
section on adjunctive therapies including particularly a generalist or those working in
orthodontics, prosthodontics and This slim, A4-sized volume is designed to be a discipline outside the oral diagnostic
implantology. Within each section specific a quick, user-friendly reference manual for sciences — might refer, it should be
topics are dealt with, typically on two to regular use at the clinic desk rather than remembered that it is no substitute for a
three pages with appropriate clinical sitting on a library bookshelf. It is ring basic text, and, as a reference guide, would
photos, radiographs, histology and bound with clearly labelled sections and need to be used with caution, particularly in
diagrams. The revisions from the second user-friendly dividers to make it easy to a British context.
edition are extremely extensive and access particular topics. Some thought has J. Bennett