Operative Dentistry describes the most recent developments in operative dentistry and is aimed at senior students and general dental practitioners
Operative Dentistry embraces the most recent developments in modern operative dentistry, but has attempted to merge these with traditional practice. Students, colleagues, and general dental practitioners have requested an evidence-based approach to the practical concepts in modern restorative dentistry. One important philosophy that is emphasized in this book is that the prevention of dental caries, restoration failure, and periodontal disease should be the basis of all operative dentistry. Recent developments in restoration design and material science technology are also assessed in the light of the best available evidence, which is referred to in the text. Innovative instrument design is described and useful practical techniques are explained.
The worldwide use of amalgam will continue to decline as patients demand better aesthetic restorations. For this reason, posterior resin-composite restorations, ceramic inlay/onlay restorations, and the new high-strength porcelain crown systems are given considerable prominence in this book. The new adhesive technologies are especially useful in the treatment of tooth erosion that may have resulted from the consumption of carbonated beverages.
This is a medium-sized textbook that should be used in conjunction with larger reference texts, journal reviews, and other publications. It should complement other books in the field and will hopefully stimulate further reading.
I am indebted to my friends and colleagues who generously provided illustrations. Dr. David Reekie provided the photograph in Fig. 2.15, Dr. Catherine Potter provided those in Figs. 2.4 and 2.5, Dr. Ian Pretty provided those in Figs. 1.5–1.7, and Dr. Peter Geertsema, whose excellent standard of dental treatment is acknowledged throughout Europe, provided all of the photographs in Figs. 5.11–5.14. Their generous assistance is gratefully acknowledged.
About the Author
Hugh Devlin is a senior lecturer in restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester, UK. He has published numerous articles in prestigious journals and contributed to a number of textbooks. With Springer he published “Complete Dentures” in 2001. He is the President-elect of the International Association for Dental Research & American Association for Dental Research and serves on the board of the International Journal of Prosthodontics.