Partial Denture Construction: A Laboratory
Manual. By John F. Bates, B.D.S., MSc., D.D.S. Bristol, 1970, John Wright & Sons, Ltd., The Williams & Wilkins Company, Baltimore, exclusive U. S. agents. 128 pages, illustrated, indexed. Price $10.00.
This hard-bound laboratory manual is intended for future undergraduate dental students and apprentice dental technicians. The author believes that dental students are generally introduced to partial denture construction in the laboratory and have difficulty correlating clinical procedures with laboratory techniques. The purpose of this manual is to blend introductory clinical information with a logical sequence of laboratory steps for constructing removable partial dentures. The author has a clear, succinct style of writing which allows rapid reading and comprehension. His text is logically organized and is supplemented with 194 excellent drawings and photographs. The price of the book, however, belies the quality of the binding, which is rather unsubstantial. Many salient factors which govern treatment planning and the designing of partial dentures are touched upon in the first three chapters. Six chapters are devoted to a discussion of the laboratory steps involved in partial denture construction. Noteworthy among these chapters are two which overcome a deficiency of several partial denture textbooks. These chapters describe the casting techniques for both chromium-cobalt and cast gold alloys. The author concisely summarizes the differences in design, casting, and finishing which are dictated by the different physical properties of the two alloys. The final two chapters briefly discuss periodontal splinting, immediate partial dentures, repairs, relines, and precision attachments. Although it is stated that this manual is not designed for the American market, it may be of value in training dental technicians and as a reference for dentists wishing to review dental laboratory procedures. In the opinion of this reviewer, the needs of future dental students will continue to be better served by a more comprehensive partial denture textbook. ROBERT A. STROHAVER, D.D.S.