Occlusal correction—Principles and practice

Occlusal correction—Principles and practice

Occlusal Correction-Principles and Practice. Albert Solnit, Donald C. Curnutte. Chicago, 1988, Quintessence Publishing Co. Inc., 416 pages, illustrate...

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Occlusal Correction-Principles and Practice. Albert Solnit, Donald C. Curnutte. Chicago, 1988, Quintessence Publishing Co. Inc., 416 pages, illustrated, indexed. Price $120. This text gives the reader a background in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of the stomatognathic system. After mastering this background, one better understands the gnathological concepts and rationale for selective grinding of the natural dentition. The material is presented well in logical sequence and an easy to understand manner. All illustrations and photographs as well as the printing and binding of this book are of excellent quality. There are 18 chapters in the text, which are divided into three sections. The first section consists of eight chapters related to theory. Some of the subjects discussed are mandibular movement, relation of occlusal elements to each other, bruxism and occlusal disharmony, and types of functional therapeutic occlusions. Four factors evident in joint dysfunction and a method for treating each are also presented. The next section consists of five chapters involving diagnosis. Procedures necessary to determine the functional sta-


tus of the stomatognathic system are covered in this section. The fabrication of diagnostic casts and records required to mount them in an articulator, along with the steps and necessity for recording border movements, are presented in detail. The final portion of the book consists of five chapters devoted to treatment. The importance of palliative treatment before irreversible measures is stressed. Occlusal correction by selective grinding, with photographs of actual clinical patients, is a valuable aspect of this section. Although this book could be used by undergraduate students, it is most valuable as an addition to the library of the general practitioner who would like to increase his knowledge of occlusion and temporomandibular disorders. GERALDH.LoFT,D.D.S.




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