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Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry, A Contemporary Approach (2nd Edition)

Table of Contents:
1. Biologic Considerations/Jerry W. Nicholson
2. Patient Evaluation and Problem-Oriented Treatment Planning/Richard D. Davis
3. Esthetic Considerations in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning/J. William Robbins
4. Caries Management: Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies/J. Peter van Amerongen, Cor van Loveren, and Edwina A. M. Kidd
5. Pulpal Considerations/Thomas J. Hilton and James B. Summitt
6. Nomenclature and Instrumentation/James B. Summitt
7. Field Isolation/James B. Summitt
8. Enamel and Dentin Adhesion/Bart Van Meerbeek, Satoshi Inoue, Jorge Perdigão, Paul Lambrechts, and Guido Vanherle
9. Direct Anterior Restorations/David F. Murchison, Daniel C. N. Chan, and Robert L. Cooley
10. Direct Posterior Esthetic Restorations/Thomas J. Hilton
11. Amalgam Restorations/James B. Summitt and John W. Osborne
12. Diagnosis and Treatment of Root Caries/Michael A. Cochran and Bruce A. Matis
13. Fluoride-Releasing Materials/John O. Burgess
14. Class 5 Restoration/Clifford B. Starr
15. Natural Tooth Bleaching/Van B. Haywood and Thomas G. Berry
16. Porcelain Veneers/J. William Robbins
17. Anterior Ceramic Crowns/Jeffrey S. Rouse
18. Esthetic Inlays and Onlays/J. William Robbins and Dennis J. Fasbinder
19. Cast-Gold Restorations/Thomas G. Berry, David A. Kaiser, and Richard S. Schwartz
20. Conservative Cast-Gold Restorations: The Tucker Technique/Richard V. Tucker and Dennis M. Miya
21. Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth/J. William Robbins

588pp: 1,393 illus (446 in color)

Dental educators and practicing dentists have, at times, been slow to respond to advances in dental materials and techniques. Operative dentistry, in particular, has often been influenced more by history and tradition than by science. Until recently, many restorative procedures taught in dental schools and practiced by dentists were based primarily on Dr G.V. Black’s classic textbook, A Work on Operative Dentistry, published in 1908. The many advances in materials and instrumentation, linked with the development of reliable dental adhesives, have allowed us to modify many of Black’s original concepts to more conservative, tooth-preserving procedures and to offer a much wider range of restorative options. Black was, indeed, one of dentistry’s greatest innovators and original thinkers. Were he alive today, he would be leading the advance of new technology and innovation. We best honor his memory not by clinging to concepts of the past but rather by looking to recent scientific innovations and incorporating them into our practices and dental school curricula. This textbook is about contemporary operative dentistry. It is a blend of traditional, time-proven methods and recent scientific developments. Whereas preparations for cast-gold restorations have changed relatively little over the years, preparations for amalgam and resin composite restorations are smaller and require removal of less sound tooth structure because of the development of adhesive technologies. While we still use many luting agents in the traditional manner, adhesive cements provide greater retention for cast restorations and allow expanded use of ceramic and resin composite materials. Many concepts of caries management and pulpal protection have changed drastically as well. It is our hope that this textbook, which represents an ardent effort to present current concepts and the latest scientific evidence in restorative and preventive dentistry, will be helpful to students, educators, and practicing dentists during this time of rapidly developing technologies. Several themes echo throughout this textbook. The first is the attempt to provide a scientific basis for the concepts described. The authors are clinically active, and many are engaged in clinical and laboratory research in the areas of cariology, restorative dentistry, and/or dental materials. Whenever possible, the diagnosis and treatment options described are based on current research findings. When conclusive evidence is not available, we have attempted to present a consensus founded on a significant depth of experience and informed thought. A second theme reflected in the book is our commitment to conservative dentistry. The treatment modalities described involve the preservation of as much sound tooth structure as possible within the framework of the existing destruction and the patient’s expectations for esthetic results. When disease necessitates a restoration, it should be kept as small as possible. When an extensive amount of tooth structure has been destroyed and remaining cusps are significantly weakened, occlusal coverage with a restoration may be the most conservative treatment. When portions of axial tooth surfaces are healthy, their preservation is desirable. In the conservative philosophy on which this book is based, a complete-coverage restoration (complete crown) is generally considered the least desirable treatment alternative. The book describes techniques for the restoration of health, function, and esthetics of individual teeth and the dentition as a whole. Included are descriptions of direct conservative restorations fabricated from dental amalgam, resin composite, and resin-ionomer materials. Also detailed are techniques for partial- or complete-coverage indirect restorations of gold alloy, porcelain, metal-ceramic, and resin composite. The second edition is broader and more in-depth than the first. Many existing chapters have been updated and expanded, and five new chapters have been added. A new chapter on esthetic considerations identifies the various components of esthetic diagnosis and provides a logical approach to treatment planning. Acknowledging the routine use of tooth bleaching in practices today, a detailed chapter on this treatment option was added, as were chapters on the diagnosis and treatment of root caries and on fluoride-releasing materials. A second chapter on cast-gold restorations presents the various preparation techniques as developed by Richard Tucker, the primary mentor of the famed Tucker Study Clubs. Finally, in light of recent research findings and an aging population exhibiting minimal tooth loss, the chapter on caries management was rewritten to reflect the changing strategies in this area. More color illustrations have been included to enhance the presentation of the clinical concepts of several key chapters. The second edition has also undergone a change in editorship. Since publication of the first edition, Rick Schwartz has left the University of Texas faculty to practice endodontics full time. Because of this change in specialty, Jim Summitt and Bill Robbins together took on the major share of revising this textbook. The primary objective in producing this book is to provide students and practitioners with current and practical concepts of preventive and restorative dentistry that will allow them to serve their patients well. It is our hope that the changes made in this edition will make the book more thorough and of greater benefit to those who use it.


"I can thoroughly recommend this book to any practising dentist who wishes to update his/her knowledge in the field of operative dentistry. It contains a lot of good, practical science, and many useful tips. It would also be a useful addition to the undergraduate reading list. But read it now!"

Reviewed by Paul Wright in the ADAVB Newsletter, August 2001

"...This book is ideal for the practitioner who wants well-illustrated modern information on any aspect of operative dentistry, from the behaviour of dentine, treatment planning, through rubber dam to cavity design, and to all types of restorations in metal, resin, ceramic, or other materials. The book provides a very well balanced combination of biological principles, materials science, and conservative techniques.
Operative dentistry is still the bread and butter of most general dentists, and this excellent book would be an asset to any practice."
Reviewed by David Purton in the New Zealand Dental Journal

"...This textbook must be regarded as being an authoritative classic of its time and is a significant improvement on the first edition. It is a pleasure to read. In some respects, the individual chapters can be viewed as being discrete texts in their own right, yet are logically linked to create the complete volume. The basic principles are firmly established and used as a scientific foundation for the understanding and application of clinical techniques. Such an approach is the basis for life-long learning. Nevertheless, this is an up to date contemporary book, and many newer approaches and materials are covered. As a result, the experienced clinician would dip in, or the student could regard this as a basic text. In either way, this is an essential reference book and must be regarded as making a valuable contribution to the collection of every clinician practising operative dentistry."
Reviewed by A. Qualtrough in the April 13, 2002 issue of the Britis Dental Journal

Editorial Reviews
From Book News, Inc.
A text describing techniques for the restoration of health, function, and esthetics of the teeth, with an emphasis on conservative dentistry that preserves as much sound tooth structure as possible. Covers direct conservative restorations fabricated from dental amalgam, resin composite, and resin-ionomer materials as well as techniques for indirect restorations of gold alloy, porcelain, metal-ceramic, and resin composite. New to this edition are chapters on esthetic considerations, tooth bleaching, fluoride-releasing materials, and the diagnosis and treatment of root caries. The chapter on caries management was updated to reflect recent research findings and an aging population with minimal tooth loss. The text is abundantly illustrated with b&w and color photos and diagrams.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR