Grossmans Endodontic Practice – Over 1100 new illustrations comprising relevant line diagrams, clinical photographs, radiographs, and histological studies.
Dr. Louis I. Grossman was one such giant in the fi eld of endodontics. His textbook Endodontic Practice has over the past 70 years been not only the reporter but also the harbinger of changes sweeping through the fi eld of endodontics. It truly deserves the title “Bible of Endodontics” as it had consistently set a benchmark of excellence in the teaching and understanding of the art and science of endodontics. The last edition of Endodontic Practice (eleventh edition) was published in 1987 and tremendous changes have occurred since then, both in our understanding as well as in our practice of endodontic therapy. The focus of this current twelfth, edition is twofold; primarily, it is to update this classic book and incorporate all the advances in materials, instruments, and techniques which have revolutionized endodontics in the past two decades.
The other objective is to highlight the gradual shift in the philosophy of endodontics from being chemo-mechanically centered to a more biologically centered and biocompatible approach. This approach, coupled with a better appreciation of the microbial dynamics and complex root canal variations, has made endodontic prognosis more predictable.
In this edition, we have included three new chapters: Chapter 18, Prosthodontic Considerations of Endodontically Treated Teeth; Chapter 19, Lasers in Endodontics; and Chapter 20, Procedural Errors and Their Management. This edition contains over 1100 new fi gures, radiographs, and illustrations, many of which are contributions from clinicians and academicians from across the world. We have tried to keep the spirit of Grossman alive by retaining most of the line illustrations which were the hallmark of the earlier editions.
In the previous edition, Grossman stated “there are concerns that endodontics does not become more technologic than biologic …” Rest assured, the future of endodontics would be a combination of technological advancement in instruments and techniques for diagnosis, cleaning, shaping, and obturation of the pulp space. At the same time, this would go hand in hand with the development of more biomimetic and biocompatible materials like MTA, which should herald a new era of Endodontic Practice.