A colour atlas of periodontology, 2nd edition

A colour atlas of periodontology, 2nd edition

128 J. Dent. 1992; 20: 128 Book Reviews Section Editor: P. N. Hirschmann Notes on Prosthetic Dentistry. M. R. Y. Dyer and B. J. Roberts. Pp. 2 ...

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J. Dent.




Book Reviews Section

Editor: P. N. Hirschmann

Notes on Prosthetic Dentistry. M. R. Y. Dyer and B. J. Roberts. Pp. 2 12. 1989. Oxford, Wright (an imprint of Butterworth-Heinemann). Softback, f 12.50. The Dentition and Dental Care. R. J. Elderton. Pp. 515. 1990. Oxford, Heinemann Medical. Hardback, f80.00. Nores on Prosthetic Dentisrry is a short, concise handbook that has much to recommend it. It is divided into four sections covering the general principles of prosthetic dentistry, partial dentures, complete dentures and special care prosthetics. Especially praiseworthy is the chapter devoted to ‘diagnosis and treatment planning’ in the first section. Restoring the mouth to a healthy condition prior to denture construction is emphasized and treatment planning for the partially dentate mouth is described logically and clearly. The recommendation that periodontal treatment, orthodontics, surgery, endodontics and conservation should normally precede prosthetic procedures but can be guided by a partial denture design is eminently sensible. In the complete denture section, special impression trays and precentric record procedures are advised, as both can assist the production of excellent prosthetic results. The chapter in the final section on treatment for the elderly is timely: the future increase in the elderly population means this will become increasingly important in prosthetic dentistry. There are a few small errors and omissions. For example, during upward displacement of the saddle of a free-end denture, rotation occurs about the retentive clasp, not the rest (p. 63). Use of the term ‘free occlusion’ interchangeably with ‘balanced articulation’ is unnecessarily confusing. I could find no mention of HIV infection and a discussion of cross-infection control would have been appropriate. None the less, this book can be highly recommended to general practitioners and students. Den&ion and Dental Care is the third volume in the excellent series, Clinical Dentistry in Health and Disease. The first six chapters describe the basic dental science of the teeth, periodontium, plaque and fluoride. The next nine chapters are more clinically orientated and describe treatment planning, management of caries and periodontal disease and endodontic procedures. The remaining chapters form a heterogenous mix of materials science, traumatology, further conservative dentistry, elementary exodontia and prosthodontics. In general, the text is up to date though some of the later chapters recommend rather dated references in their ‘further reading section’. The book is well illustrated, but many of these are of o 1992 Butteworth-Heinemann 0300-5712/92/020128-01


disappointing quality and figure 20.3613 is upside down. This book aims to fill the middle ground between clinical dentistry and pure dental science, a relatively unexplored area. For example, the influence of recent developments in material science on restorative concepts and procedures is discussed in a clear, concise and wellresearched manner. However, this cannot be claimed for the chapters which include clinical management, where little or no connection is made with the preceding basic science. In considering the clinical management of dental caries, dentists are challenged to adopt a less interventionist role, and where restoration is necessary to conserve maximum tooth substance. The last clinical prosthetic chapter seemed less satisfactory. There is no evidence of a change in the number of taste buds with age (p. 474); these undergo continuous renewal in adulthood and any changes in taste perception with age are now considered to be small. Second, while C. albicans is associated with denture stomatitis, it is unlikely to be the main causative factor (p. 476). Last, the laboratory correction of occlusal errors must logically use a facebow recording, but this is omitted (p. 483). The rather expensive price places it beyond the reach of most students who might otherwise benefit from the basic science chapters. H. Devlin

A Colour Atlas of Periodontology, 2nd edition. I. M. Waite and J. D. Strahan. Pp. 184. 1989. London, Wolfe Medical. Hardback, f 35.00 The first edition of this atlas proved its worth on the basis of the good pictorial coverage of subject matter, making it easy to understand. Other worthwhile features remain unchanged. The techniques, in particular, are well described in a step-by-step fashion through illustrations which demonstrate the important clinical features. In the appendices the important key words are defined for each item and the theoretical explanation of the terms used, for instance background factors in periodontal treatment, is designed so that the general features of periodontal diseases can be readily understood. A new chapter has been added on early onset and refractory periodontal disease. Progression is now described in terms of epidemiology. The book can continue to be recommended for its up-to-date information of both treatment and prophylaxis. Postgraduates and general practitioners will find it a good guide-book. K. Kamoi