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From The CriticsReviewer: Mark A Reynolds, D.D.S., Ph.D.(University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery)
Description: This comprehensive review of surgical periodontics, from basic to advanced procedures, serves as an authoritative reference and resource for both novice and experienced clinicians. The third edition is greatly expanded in scope and clinical documentation, paralleling advances in contemporary periodontal practice since publication of the second edition in 1994. It covers the essential aspects of surgical evaluation, preparation and procedure, the fundamentals of esthetics, and advanced surgical periodontal and reconstructive procedures to permit implant therapy.
Purpose: The book is intended to serve as a surgical atlas and instructional guide as well as a resource for clinicians at all levels of development and expertise — from beginner to experienced surgeon. The author has masterfully crafted a step-by-step surgical atlas that is rich in scientific citations, illustrations, and clinical photographs.
Audience: The author is widely recognized as a master clinician and educator. The book provides an evidenced-based rationale and step-by-step approach to cosmetic and reconstructive periodontal surgery for residents and periodontists. This authoritative book largely addresses the art of periodontics and, therefore, is a valuable resource for specialists in other disciplines, including prosthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Features: The book is broadly divided into basic surgical procedures, dental esthetics, advanced periodontal procedures, and advanced surgical procedures. The section on basics includes a remarkably concise overview of the fundamental principles of patient management and periodontal surgery. The section on fundamentals of dental esthetics addresses key concepts related to visual perception and esthetic structural analysis as well as the underlying biological basis critical for understanding the development and surgical correction of esthetic problems. The section on advanced periodontal procedures reviews the biological rationale, approaches, and evidence related to biomechanical root preparation. This section also covers more contemporary periodontal procedures related to esthetics and implant site development, such as cosmetic root coverage, papillary reconstruction, and surgical exposure of impacted teeth. The final section is devoted primarily to contemporary surgical procedures that enable the placement of dental implants for tooth replacement. This section also provides a concise overview of the role and application of microsurgery to enhance all aspects of periodontal surgical techniques.
Assessment: The author has clearly fulfilled his goal of providing an atlas replete with illustrations and color clinical photographs capturing the rich art of periodontics. The inclusion of relevant discussions of biological rationale as well as concise, critical, evidence-based reviews of the science distinguishes this book from technique guides. The third edition is greatly expanded in clinical content, procedures, and illustrations, paralleling contemporary periodontal practice.