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Advances in Operative Dentistry: Volume 1: Contemporary Clinical Practice

Editorial Reviews
From Book News, Inc.
In this guide for advanced dental students and clinicians, contributions from international practitioners and researchers address the clinical aspects of recent advances in operative dentistry. Coverage includes, for example, risk assessment of patients, conservative preventative restorations, esthetic anterior restorations, computer veneers with the Cerec 3, and the oral and dental effects of aging. The papers were originally presented at the ConsEuro meeting in Bologna, Italy in May, 2000. The text is supported by numerous color photographs.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

264 pp; 474 illustrations (444 color)

Table of Contents
1 Protection of Dentin and Pulp/Carlo Prati
2 Protection of the Pulp-Dentin Complex with Adhesive Resins/Serge Bouillaguet and Bernard Ciucchi
3 Moisture Management with Rubber Dam in Operative Dentistry/Karl-Heinz Kunzelmann
4 Tissue and Moisture Management in Operative Dentistry/Stefano Patroni
5 Esthetic Anterior Restorations/Jean-François Roulet and Roberto Spreafico
6 Direct Posterior Restorations—Techniques for Effective Placement/Guido Goracci
7 The "Composite-up" Technique: A Simple Approach to Direct Posterior Restorations/Gilles F. Koubi, Stefan Koubi, and Jean-Louis Brouillet
8 Materials and Luting Cements for Indirect Restorations/Marco Ferrari, Alessandro Vichi, and Albert J. Feilzer
9 Indirect Restorations for Anterior Teeth: Space—The Eternal Problem/Richard Ibbetson
10 The Control and Maintenance of Dentoperiodontal Relationships in Indirect Anterior Restorations/Samuele Valerio
11 Advances in Bonded Ceramic Restorations for the Anterior Dentition/Pascal Magne
12 Computer Veneers with the Cerec 3/Andreas Bindl, Wibke Apholt, and Werner H. Mörmann
13 Esthetic Posterior Indirect Restorations/Jean-François Roulet and Roberto Spreafico
14 Bonded Partial Restorations for Endodontically Treated Teeth/Jean-Jacques Lasfargues, Frédéric Bukiet, Gil Tirlet, and Frank Decup
15 The Oral and Dental Effects of Aging/Angus W. G. Walls and Michael J. Noack
16 Operative Treatment for Elderly People/Michael J. Noack, Michael Wicht, and Angus W. G. Walls
17 Adhesive Techniques for the Management of Fractured and Worn Teeth in Elderly Patients/Angus W. G. Walls
18 Conservative Dentistry: Educational Patterns in Europe/Alphons J. M. Plasschaert and Sandro Rengo

A career in dentistry is not an easy option; in fact, quite the contrary is true. Why? The answer, which also explains what makes dentistry such a great profession, says it all: Dentistry is ever-changing and requires extreme versatility. A dentist must have excellent manual skills; good three-dimensional perception; knowledge of all aspects of dental science, including dental technology and materials; and, at one and the same time, be a good physician with the ability to successfully manage patients. Together with this special blend of attributes, dental practitioners in most parts of the world where dentistry is a liberal profession must also be entreprenurial business managers.

At the inaugural ConsEuro meeting in Bologna, Italy, May 2000, European international experts reviewed the state of the art and science of operative dentistry. Sound knowledge and understanding is crucial, but, in a practical discipline such as dentistry, this foundation must be matched by high levels of technical skills. By way of an analogy: One can understand the principles of skiing and have detailed knowledge of the musculoskeletal structures and mechanisms necessary to traverse a piste, but still be unable to ski down a slope. Competence, which is a marriage of knowledge and skill, is the key.

Given that clinical competence is as important as scientific knowledge, many of the ConsEuro keynote speakers presented seminars on practical aspects of contemporary operative dentistry. This book captures the essence of these seminary, spanning all aspects of the practice of state-of-the-art operative dentistry. Everyday procedures and the challenges they pose are illustrated with a multitude of figures, emphasizing the scientific basis of the restoration and esthetics of teeth. While the topics of the chapters range from the preservation of tooth tissues and the maintenance of tooth vitality to the placement of direct and indirect restorations in anterior and posterior teeth, the have in common and underlying theme of high-quality clinical outcome.

To complete the clinical elements of this book, there is consideration of operative dentistry for the aging population. The rate of change in operative dentistry for patients of all ages is increasing, and educational systems must move with the times. It is therefore appropriate that this book concludes with an overview of existing and future educational programs in operative dentistry.

Each and every practicing dentist, teacher of operative dentistry, and dental student will discover much new information to mine from this ground-breaking book.

Developing and editing this book on behalf of ConsEuro has been a privilege and an honor. It is our hope that all those who read and study this book will be encouraged to contribute to the further advancement and excellence in the practice of operative dentistry.

J. F. Roulet, N. H. F. Wilson, and M. Fuzzi
Berlin, Manchester, and Bologna