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Oral Cells and Tissues

Editorial Reviews
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Intended for dental students and researchers, this book surveys current knowledge about the biology and cellular components of the oral cavity, and correlates it the daily clinical practice of dentistry. Garant (State University of New York at Stony Brook) explains the initiation of tooth formation, the cytodifferentiation of dentin- and enamal- forming cells, the components of the gingiva, periodontal ligament, roots, bone matrix, and salivary glands, and the function of muscles, the immune system, and phagocytic cells. Colorful illustrations are abundant throughout the text.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

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State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook. Text presents the basic biology of the oral cavity and applies it to the daily clinical practice of dentistry. Discusses early tooth development, dentin, enamel, root formation, bone, immune system, and phagocytic cells. Color and halftone illustrations. For dental students and researchers. Softcover.


Table of Contents

1 Early Tooth Development
2 Dentin
3 Enamel
4 Oral Mucosa
5 Gingiva
6 Periodontal Ligament
7 Root Formation and Cementogenesis
8 Bone
9 Salivary Glands
10 Oral Somatosensory Systems
11 Muscle
12 Cartilage and Temporomandibular Joint
13 Immune System
14 Phagocytic Cells


Since the deciphering of the genetic code, scientists have gained enormous insight into how cells and tissues function. It is now evident that our understanding of the structure and function of oral cells and tissues must be based on knowledge of subcellular mechanisms common to most cell types. More than ever, the basic sciences are essential in oral biology, helping us to understand the nature of oral cells and tissues in health and disease. This book seeks to bring our understanding of the basic biology of the oral cavity to bear on the daily clinical practice of dentistry. To accomplish this, whenever possible, the chapters conclude with sections on the basic science and clinical correlations of the information presented. It is my hope that individuals seeking an overview of the cellular components of the oral cavity, whether they are dental students or researchers new to the biology of the oral cavity, will find this book to be a useful framework for their studies.

Keeping up with the flood of new information and defining the book’s boundaries were constant challenges. Nevertheless, I have made every effort to make the text as comprehensive and as straightforward as possible for students at any level. I was inspired to write this book because of the pleasure I get from learning about new discoveries and from knowing that there are students who, although anxious to study the purely clinical aspects of their education, see and appreciate the profound beauty of the cells and tissues of the oral cavity.

Philias R. Garant, DMD
Department of Periodontics
School of Dental Medicine
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, New York