CURRENT THERAPY IN DENTISTRY, Volume One. Henry M. Goldman, D.M.D., Stephen P. Forrest, B.S., D.D.S., M.S., D. Lamar Byrd, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ralph E. McDonald, B.S., D.D.S., M.S., St. Louis, 1964, The C. V. Mosby Company. Pp. 724, illustrated, indexed. Price $18.00. The authors of this book present a concise review of accepted concepts in dental practice as they exist today. Special attention is given to some of the more challenging situations which the general practitioner encounters. There have been so many advancements in dentistry within the past few years that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep informed about all the latest techniques and materials. Of particular interest are the chapters dealing with the care of the teen-ager, the geriatric patient, and handicapped patients. The general practitioner of dentistry is aware of the increasing number of patients in these groups. They will continue to increase and present many more problems for the dentists in the future. This is a rapidly changing field of dentistry which, until the present time, has received little or no special attention. Neither Current Therapy in. Dentistry nor any one book can possibly cover all of the many facets and changes in dentistry as it exists today. However, I believe the authors have accomplished a great deal, with this first edition, in bringing the general dentists up to date on the most important recent changes. The style of writing is good and the print is large and easy to read. The book is handsomely bound and of the finest quality. The many excellent illustrations are certainly of great value, especially since the subject matter covered by this book is quite extensive. Since the art and science of dentistry is not static Current Therapy ilz Dedstry is the type of book every dentist needs to read in order to keep up with current events in his profession. MYRON R. PORTER, D.D.S. PARTIAL DENTURE CONSTRUCTION, ed 2. William L. McCracken, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.D., F.I.C.D., St. Louis, 1964, The C. V. Mosby Company. Pp. 530, illustrated, indexed. Price $14.00 The purpose of this book is to acquaint dental practitioners, dental students, and dental laboratory technicians with the basic principles that must be followed and the modifications that may be used in the construction of removable partial dentures. Modern prosthodontics requires a more comprehensive understanding of the oral tissues and structures. This book is an aid in directing the dentist to the proper steps involved in partial denture construction. The initiative for the design, form, and function of the partial denture is left in the hands of the dentist so that he may instruct the laboratory technician as to the type of prosthetic device he desires. The text begins with a discussion of terminology and continues with a step-by-step plan which the dentist should follow in his practice. Each chapter contains excellent drawings and illustrations which are easily interpreted. The style of writing is readable and concise. 1152
Different procedures or techniques for achieving the desired results are described. This enables the dentist to become aware of the many facets involved in removable partial denture construction and design. The chapters on clasp formation, retention, and stability, and the basic design and outline of successful partial dentures should enable the dentist to take the initiative in the designing and fabricating of partial dentures to meet the requirements of nearly every type of condition with which he may be faced. The chapter on diagnosis and treatment planning emphasizes the importance of this aspect of partial denture construction. It outlines very effectively one of the most important and basic steps taken in the fabrication of a successful removable partial denture. The importance of the general dentist’s being competent to survey and design his patients’ appliances has recently become more apparent to the dental profession. Therefore, the chapter on survey and design, which clearly and concisely illustrates the basic principles of this part of the treatment, should become a standard guide for every general practitioner of dentistry. The material in this book has been well organized and is well written. It clearly indicates the aim of the author, i.e., the restoration and maintenance of healthy tissue in the mouths of partially edentulous patients. MYRON R. PORTER, D.D.S. NEW TEETH FOR OLD, ed. 4. Victor H. Sears, D.D.S., St. Louis, Mosby Company. Pp. 112, illustrated, indexed. Price $3.50.
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In this book the author presents for patients the facts and fiction relating to complete dentures. It effectively explains what the patient may or may not expect from his new dentures. The author presents a step-by-step sequence of dental history, beginning with how and why teeth are lost and the construction of dentures for edentulous patients. This book tends to alleviate the anxieties and fears of prospective denture wearers for whom it is intended. It also explains to him some of the problems the dentist faces in constructing dertures, and makes the patient aware of certain problems he may expect when he receives his new dentures. The style of writing is designed for prospective patients, and the terminology is such that the patient can readily read and understand the message. The text is organized so that it begins with infection and x-rays, and ends with information about the way dentures should be worn, and about the choice of foods by denture wearers. The chapter dealing with anterior tooth position, however, may not be appropriate for all patients, and this should be explained to the patients who read it. The quality of the paper, printing, and binding is good. The print is large and easy to read. This book would be valuable in any dental office, whether it is used in the waiting room or given to prospective denture wearers. It clearly indicates the aim of the author, which is to present the problems faced by the dentist and by the patient when complete dentures are constructed. MYRON R. PORTER. D.D.S.