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The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers

Article  in  British dental journal · November 2003

DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4810671


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History of they begin to comprehend the reality of remember the original book which was
their future. highly narrative in its style with
Periodontology The book is a collection of 29 chapters virtually no illustrations. This latest 5th
by the authors, divided into five edition has been substantially altered
F. Carranza and G. Shklar (Eds)
sections, of which the longest is the last, with a pleasing number of high quality
Surrey: Quintessence, 2003
covering the 20th century. The others colour illustrations along with a
price £29, pp224
ISBN 0723431868 describe prehistory and early readable and easy to use layout,
civilisations, the classical and mediaeval including a significant number of key
The quality of books published by ages, the modern era (early modern messages and easy to understand tables.
Quintessence is high both in being the Renaissance Period) and the The text is quite long at nearly 250
presentation and editing, and it has 19th century. An epilogue by Ray pages and there has been a significant
become a privilege to be asked to review Williams looks to the future. attempt to broaden the scope of the 5th
a new publication, allowing the reviewer While the later essays are edition. The initial chapter is devoted to
to concentrate on the authors and their understandably biased towards the the oral mucosa including its normal
intentions. Here, Fermin Carranza and American experience, this does not mean structure, and it is probably over
Gerald Shklar have produced a labour of that the significant contributions of ambitious to include all this information
love, and throughout they reveal their operators widely spread in the world are in sufficient detail in 6½ pages. There
enjoyment of, and pride in, their chosen overlooked, three among 'our' team are also useful chapters on the
specialty. being Sir John Tomes, Sir William assessment and investigation of patients
The book shows that care, rather than Hunter, (around whom the focal although, again the information
cure, of the oral environment, has a infection controversy swirled at the included is so extensive that some of it is
history as long as records can be found. beginning of the twentieth century), and inadequately explained. For example,
Not only that, but periodontology has Sir Wilfred Fish. there is very little explanation of why
attracted those practitioners who are The table of contents provides a quick certain immunological tests are indeed
temperamentally inclined to take the access guide, each chapter ends with a useful in the clinical situation. There is
long view, and who have to make references list, and there is a picture also a chapter on therapy which brings
treatment decisions which only show credits list, a persons index and the together the generic information in
their worth after years. As a result it standard index. The word periodontal prescribing for oral mucosal disease
makes an ideal subject for a history, as has changed its meaning over time, and which I am sure will be very popular
successes and failures in research and a dated glossary of terms is the only with students, and there are then a
treatment are revealed by time. significant omission. number of disease orientated chapters all
In the foreword, S.Sigmund Stahl I recommend this book not only as a of which are well written and informed,
laments that students are unaware of the standard student text, but also as a and the benefit of having specialist
history of dentistry. The more thoroughly readable and profitable book advisers for different sections of the
appropriate term is perhaps unawakened, for the specialist and general dental book is quite clear.
since the student of dentistry is by age practitioner. There is, of course, the obligatory
and need for technical training the M. Bishop upside down photograph in figure 5.5
subject of total immersion in the present. and last minute alterations have created
Then, as with radiology and dental small errors such as substituting figure
materials, other specialties which do not Tyldesley’s Oral 8.7 for table 8.11 in the text and
necessarily appeal to the undergraduate, Medicine, 5th Edition disappointment that there is no figure
periodontology is quickly found to be at 8.8.
the very heart of successful general A. Field and L. Longman Notwithstanding these minor
dental practice, both as a practice Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003 observations, the text is well written,
builder, and as the source of perhaps the price £32.50, pp243 well illustrated, and well laid out, and
largest part of job satisfaction when ISBN 0198631470 the 5th edition represents a significant
looking back on a dental career. The improvement on what has already
importance of this book featuring on The authors and Oxford Medical become a popular and standard oral
every student's reading list, is to install Publications are to be congratulated on medicine text.
background data, so that when the the 5th edition of Tyldesley's Oral D. Wray
novice has begun to master the here and Medicine. This 5th edition has
now, the value of what they have been significantly changed and improved
told about the past can begin to grow, as upon the previous edition. Many will


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The Science and Art of laminate veneers are covered. A chapter

on failures is usefully included.
and sedation. The chapters are well laid
out and consist of several relevant main
Porcelain Laminate In the reviewer’s experience, veneer headings, which have been further
removal is extremely difficult if enamel subdivided into smaller but very
Veneers is to be conserved yet all porcelain and informative subheadings relevant to the
G. Gurel (Ed) resin removed, and some readers may topic being discussed. This section
Surrey: Quintessence, 2003 feel that these difficulties are under-stat- provides the reader with a general
price £138, pp528 ed in the text. The author predicts that understanding of the basic principles of
ISBN 1850970602 porcelain laminate veneers will become surgery.
increasingly used, and this may well be The chapters on specialist surgical
This large and weighty text book is the case. However, in the reviewer’s principles cover a wide range of topics
designed for reference from the shelf or practice, porcelain veneers are becoming including facial fractures, orthognathic,
table-top, not the pocket! The text runs less frequently employed as alternative salivary, cleft lip and palate, TMJ
to 517 pages and includes numerous techniques and materials improve. surgery, and orofacial malignancy. The
good quality colour illustrations, includ- Despite this, porcelain veneers have chapters on plastic, ENT and
ing line drawings and clinical photo- their indications and practitioners will neurosurgery are very useful. The size of
graphs, which would also prove valuable find much of interest in this book. the chapters mean that the topics are not
for in-surgery patient education. The text Moreover, several chapters will prove covered comprehensively; however, the
font is large and easy to read. useful for general reference, in particular core information required at
The work is divided into fourteen those covering aesthetics, colour and undergraduate and early postgraduate
chapters including aesthetics, adhesion, adhesion. It is likely that the number and levels are provided.
colour, clinical procedures, failures, peri- quality of the colour illustrations have A subsequent section on oral surgery
odontal considerations, adjunctive dictated the cover price. covers the range of topics very relevant
orthodontics and patient education and S. Dunne to all stages of undergraduate and
management. Each chapter concludes postgraduate oral surgery education. The
with an extensive bibliography, which authors should be praised for the way
includes up-to-date references but they have managed to minimise
extends over a large date range. The Textbook of General duplication between this section and the
main contents list is comprehensive. The and Oral Surgery general surgery section. However, the
index is sufficiently detailed to allow the chapter on history and examination
reader easy navigation through the text. D. Wray, D. Stenhouse, D. Lee and A. J. E. Clark (chapter 22) probably makes chapter two
The main author is of Turkish origin London: Churchill Livingstone, 2003 (history taking) irrelevant. Again the
and contributions are made by six addi- price £32.99, pp322. chapters are very well presented with
tional authors but the translation is of ISBN 0443070830 multiple relevant subheadings, which are
good quality. However, a number of The Textbook of General and Oral short and informative.
typographic errors were noted being Surgery is organised into two main parts Throughout the book the chapters are
more common in some chapters than and consists of 38 chapters and has 18 laden with highlighted tables, which are
others. As is often the case, the style of contributors. The first part is further concise, and the reader would find very
the authors differs and some chapters are divided into two sections with basic useful. The quality of the images
easier to read than others. American principles in general surgery and presented are reasonable and the
spelling is used throughout. specialist surgical principles. The second drawings are informative. Colour has
The author defends and promotes aes- part is dedicated to topics in oral surgery. been added to the text throughout the
thetic dentistry and emphasises the role It provides current information, is simple book making it easy reading on the eyes.
of dental aesthetics on patient's morale to read, and is reasonably well One criticism of this textbook is that as
and self-esteem. However, dental and illustrated. we live in an era of pursuing evidence
facial harmony is recommended firmly It is refreshing to read sections on the based practice it would have been very
and the author rightly deplores the principles of general surgery, written useful to have list of references at the end
'whiter-than-white' dentition. mainly by general surgeons, and oral of most chapters.
Throughout the text, emphasis is placed surgery condensed into a book consisting This book is valuable especially for
on communication and treatment plan- of only 322 pages. The general surgery those in undergraduate years and forms a
ning and all aspects of tooth prepara- section covers a range of topics including quick reference book for those in
tion, bonding and finishing of porcelain wound healing, fluid balance, cross- postgraduate training in oral surgery.
infection, sepsis, fractures, anaesthesia V. Sivarajasingham


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