Manual of Clinical Procedures comprehensively explains the core procedures in dentistry
Dentistry is a complex healthcare science, oral health being of considerable importance to general health and wellbeing, let alone comfort and confidence in eating, tasting, swallowing, speaking, conveying a range of emotions through facial expressions, including smiling, and other forms of interpersonal interaction, notably kissing.
This manual provides guidance on procedures in primary dental care. In contrast to the countless, traditional books detailing the knowledge and science behind specific aspects of dentistry, this manual is a comprehensive, practical guide to the delivery of effective, state of the art oral healthcare – the ‘what, when and how’ of clinical practice.
It is acknowledged that desirable clinical outcomes in dentistry may typically be achieved in a number of different ways and, despite the efforts of generations of clinical academics and practitioners engaged in research, the evidence base to adopt one approach or technique over another remains limited in many situations. The approaches and techniques advocated in this manual reflect current thinking and teaching by the exceptionally large, highly qualified team of clinicians, past and present, who, by virtue of their expertise, are collectively responsible for King’s College London Dental Institute (KCLDI) – the largest dental clinical academic centre in Europe, enjoying substantial national and international standing as an outstanding centre of clinical excellence. Indeed, KCLDI is one of the top five dental clinical academic centres in the world, irrespective of whatever measures and criteria are employed for such ranking.
Given the above, this manual is considered to be unique and, as a consequence, an important, new addition to existing dental literature; its style, scope and purpose are unparalleled. Furthermore, as elements of primary dental care underpin advanced and specialist clinical practice, it is considered that this manual should find application in every sector of dentistry – a ubiquitous manual which is intended to have a place in all clinical environments.
All those who have contributed to the production of this manual are to be thanked and congratulated. It has been a huge KCLDI team effort, backed up by an equally huge effort by the team at Wiley. It is impossible to put a figure on the number of expert and specialist ‘man hours’ invested in the production of this publication, which from the outset put quality, immediate clinical relevance, ease of use and, above all else, excellence in clinical care first and foremost. Nothing would give the entire team behind this manual more pleasure and professional satisfaction than knowledge that their individual and collective effort helps enhance patient care and promote trans‐national harmonisation of teaching and training in the art and science of the clinical practice of dentistry.
Is this manual intended to be read and studied cover to cover? No! It has been designed to enable members of the dental team at all levels to dip into the wealth of guidance brought together under one title, according to individual needs and interests. That said, much may be learnt from systematically working through the manual, and this has been catered for in the order of contents, starting with the changing nature of the practice of dentistry and an overview of patterns and trends in oral and dental diseases, and culminating with guidance on audit and procedures for the management of patient concerns and complaints in everyday practice. Apologies to anybody who feels that insufficient weight and density of detail has been assigned to their area of practice; every effort has been made to present equitable, balanced, conflict‐ free guidance across the ever‐increasing spectrum of the clinical practice of dentistry.
More than enough from the Editors. Time for you to get into the meat of the manual. Hopefully, the more you read, the more you will value the manual, and share the view that every member of the dental team should have access to a copy.