Reviewer: Suzette Stines, DDS (University of New England College of Dental Medicine)
Description: This guide to operative dentistry covers cariology, instrumentation, ergonomics, diagnosis and treatment planning, infection control, principles of tooth preparation, and restorative materials.
Purpose: It is intended as an introduction to the subject, and it presents the material in a clear and logically organized fashion. Information about restorative materials is integrated into the book at appropriate points, making a firm connection between preparation designs and restorative materials.
Audience: It is suitable for dental students and midlevel providers.
Features: The book provides easy-to-understand instructions and descriptions on a range of topics pertinent to the study of operative dentistry, accompanied by excellent illustrations that clarify the principles. The sections on materials provide a good overview, but they would be better accompanied by additional references to round out students' understanding in this area. The sections on preparation design are the most robust. Readers can easily understand the principles of tooth preparation from the text and accompanying illustrative line drawings. The very clear and complete illustrative guide accompanying the text makes it a useful resource for students. There are many relevant clinical photographs as well. The line drawings of restorative techniques are equally well done. The illustrations of placement techniques are clear and thoughtful.
Assessment: Logically organized and thoughtful in its approach, this book provides easy-to-understand information on the fundamentals of preparation design and restorative techniques critical for success in preparing and placing both direct and indirect restorations. Compared to other books in this area, the illustrations in this one are exceptional.