Book Review

British Dental Journal 214, 362 (2013)
Published online: 12 April 2013 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.373

Practical implant dentistry: the science and art, 2nd edition

T. Halai

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  • A. Sethi, & T. Kaus (eds)
  • Quintessence: 408 pp. £140.00


This textbook provides readers with a logical run-through of the topic of implants from planning to placement. These experienced authors present various situations with good consideration of anatomical factors, as well as sharing key, valuable tips. The style of the book makes it easy to read and is very well-laid out, dividing its 408 pages into three clear, broad sections: initial assessment, implant placement and bone augmentation and grafts. This adopted systematic approach contains a wealth of information that is aimed at dental practitioners with varying levels of experience, who can dip into each section whenever necessary. The more novice clinician may also find the small glossary section of key definitions helpful to refer to.

The start of the book focuses on the important preparative stages including clinical and radiographic assessment. Up-to-date imaging modalities are also demonstrated including cone beam CT and use of 3D implant planning software, which are both growing areas for innovative tools in implant dentistry.

I found the second section most valuable, as it allows readers to get to grips with every practical stage involved in implant placement. I particularly liked the way the authors describe techniques, accompanied by flowcharts and supplemented with colour photographs of clinical cases. These help keep the reader engaged and visualise the facts described in the aforementioned text, helping to further understanding. However, this section would benefit from more information on implant types and selection, due to the abundance on the market.

The authors also explore several controversial issues including immediate implant placement versus delayed placement. The concept of nerve repositioning is also discussed, which I found interesting as I was not aware that this was feasible, although this topic is clearly one for debate. In addition, the book allocates a substantial proportion to bone grafting procedures with good five and ten year follow-up images. Throughout the book, the text is well-referenced to articles published in well-known journals.

In summary, this book bestows readers with a practical and comprehensive guide on implant provision, with an excellent layout. This is an ideal book for anyone who would like to build a good knowledge of implant provision and is a must-read.


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