Essentials of removable partial denture prosthesis

Essentials of removable partial denture prosthesis

Book Reviews TOOTH FORM DRAWING Second Edition, 106 pages ders Co., 1954. This the study AND CARVING. with 124 illustrations. A MANU.4L, Philadelph...

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Book Reviews TOOTH FORM DRAWING Second Edition, 106 pages ders Co., 1954. This the study

AND CARVING. with 124 illustrations.


MANU.4L, Philadelphia

By Russell and London,

C. Wheeler. W. B. Saun-

manual is a flat, loose-leaf book, designed to assist in teaching laboratory procedure of dental anatomy. It is intended to be used in conjunction with a textbook.


A discussion of the nomenclature used in The human permanent dentition is considered. describing teeth is followed by a brief, clear-cut description of each of the sixteen teeth. Drawings of five aspects of each tooth on graph paper ruled eight squares to the inch are A table of accompanied by directions for making such tooth drawings in the laboratory. measurements in millimeters for each tooth is given, along with illustrations of how each measurement was obtained. Several teeth are first Directions for tooth carving follow the drawings. nut of plaster blocks, three times natural size, using the previously made drawings The plaster carvings are to be followed by natural size carvings of each tooth or in Ivorine, complying with the measurements presented in the table.

to be carved as patterns. in hard wax

The teeth carved natural size are then to be set in centric occlusion in a half jaw articulator. i\ccompanying the directions for setting up the teeth is a brief discussion of functional form of teeth, alignment, curvature of the dental arch, contact relations, occlusal contact, and intercusp relations. The fourteen maxillary

book is well illustrated. There are photographs of representative natural teeth (third molars omitted), and drawings of representative and mandibular incisors, canines, first premolars, and first molars.

The excellent

descriptions of the teeth are visual assistance in obtaining

specimens of types of teeth :

understandable and nonrepetitious. The illustrations a quick and correct grasp of tooth anatomy.


Ambiguities and errors are few. From the point of view of smooth, easy reading, a revision of sentence structure in several places would be helpful. In some instances the substitution of the words cervical and occlusal (in&al) for above and heloze (or vice versa) would avoid confusion. Clarification of the crown length measurement on the graph-paper drawing of the maxillary first molar seems to be needed. It is unfortunate that there were not included more detailed descriptions of the occlusal surfaces of the molar teeth. Aside from a few such oversights, this manual looks like an excellent addition to the study aids in tooth anatomy, and it may be expected to be received enthusiastically by teachers and students alike in the fields of dentistry, dental hygiene and. dental laboratory technology. DOROTHY

ESSENTIALS Applegate, Philadelphia,

OF REMOVABLE D.D.S., D.D.Sc. W. B. Saunders

PARTIAL DENTURE First Edition, 324 pages Co., 1954. Price $10.00.

The purpose of this volume, as stated by the author, “is of, to outline the planning for, and to chart efficient procedure of a removahle dental prosthesis”. To accomplish this broad 855


PROSTHESIS, By with 352 illustrations.

Oliver C. Indexed.

primarily to teach the principles in the design and construction objective, the book very excel-

856 lently (1) stresses the interdependence of successful oral services upon one another--one Without a needed removable partia! health service aiding in the maintenance of the others. denture, periodontal, operative and fixed bridge procedures are rendered very temporary, anti vice versa; (2) for the sake of unity and simplicity, confines coverage exclusively to the cxpo sition of the clasp-retained restoration ; (3) puts the required stress on the importance or physiology, since the success of an appliance with reference to long maintenance of function ii dependent upon biologic response; (4) presents sound deductions as to the reaction of tissue> tcl stresses: (5) furnishes illustrations which are quite clear and understandable: (,o) us+ large bold print to emphasize and summarize; (7) is a large book in keeping with the sizt of the subject covered; (8) emphasizes in the best way the true importance of the surveyor and the necessity for surveying; (9) outlines the necessity for careful preliminary examination and planning, a procedure which will actually prevent undesirable results from happening. ‘The book largely has a question and answer format. This reviewer believes that in this sort of composition the author must too generally presuppose what questions will arise in the readers’ and students’ minds, that there is needless repetition in the answering of question< which are similar, and that it is much more difficult to locate the exact reference information being sought. The descriptive essay type of text would have lent itself better to classroom teaching. Also, the volume might have greater universal acceptance if the author had shown less prejudice in favor of one certain type of clasp and had given, instead, a broad illustrative coverage of all types oi clasps along with the pros and cons of the different metals used tcS provide clasping function. Further, since photographic cuts do not stand out as clearly and sharply defined as heroic, schematic line drawings, more use of the latter would have greatly clarified the various leverages which result in functioning partial dentures and would have added much toward a complete and more lucid coverage of removable partial denture designing. Perhaps it should be borne in mind that the omission of material which this reader considers so pertinent may be justified on the basis that one volume cannot be expected to cover everything on the subject. Since no other book even vaguely similar is available, it becomes a “must.” The treatise is by far the most comprehensive on removable partial denture prosthesis furnished the dental profession for many years, and the author is to be highly commended for making the great effort and sacrifices to bring about this vast contribution. VICTOR