With step-by-step guidelines for patient diagnosis and treatment, this classic text provides a logical and practical approach to the study of occlusion and masticatory function. Physical examination of the masticatory system is given comprehensive coverage, to aid in formulating an accurate diagnosis and planning successful treatment.
• Comprehensive coverage of the physical examination of the masticatory system provides an invaluable aid in diagnosis.
• Diagnostic algorithms for various classes of disorders serve as a road map for readers as they sort through a patient's signs and symptoms.
• Case examples accompany each major treatment chapter to increase understanding and relevance.
• A thorough discussion of the etiology of temporomandibular disorders makes readers more familiar with the causes of chronic orofacial pain.
• Discussions of specific treatment techniques such as using muscle relaxants and bite plates highlight current clinical studies.
Spanish version of 4th edition also available, ISBN: 84-8174-371-2
This book is in its third edition (first published in 1985). It is intended to review the anatomic and physiological bases of temporomandibular dysfunction and occlusion as well as provide guidance in diagnosis and treatment. The purpose of this book is, first, to provide a practical approach to understanding masticatory function and the relationship to temporomandibular dysfunction; and second, to provide a step-by-step guide for patient diagnosis and treatment. This text successfully offers a concise and logically formatted review of a complex and often misunderstood area of dentistry. The author does not specifically identify a target audience, but it appears to be practitioners of restorative dentistry and prosthodontics as well as students at the resident/graduate level. This text is too advanced for use at the undergraduate level. This author is unknown to the reviewer. However, the command of the subject matter demonstrated in the text suggests credible authority. The illustrations (diagrams, drawings, and black-and-white photographs) are typically of adequate quality and quantity for the subject matter. Some photographs demonstrating material on occlusion lack sufficient detail to complement text description. The text is very well and often heavily referenced using the latest literature. A very useful appendix is included, demonstrating in flow chart format the decision making process in diagnosis and treatment for all of the muscular and joint pathologies. The overall appearance of the book is adequate for subject matter presented and in keeping with other similar books currently on the market. This is a well written and organized book that should serve as an excellentreference resource for the complex field of occlusion and temporomandibular dysfunction. The addition of references describing the most up-to-date research in the field suggests value for the new edition.