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Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy.

Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy

Second Edition, 2006

Mary Bath-Balogh

Margaret J. Fehrenbach

Elsevier Saunders, 2006

St. Louis, Missouri

403 pages, illustrated and indexed; softcover

ISBN: 0-86715-382-2


Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy by Mary Bath-Balogh and Margaret J. Fehrnebach is a textbook on oral biology for the dental professional. The text is divided into four units: Introduction to Dental Structures, Dental Embryology, Dental Histology, and Dental Anatomy. The first unit includes recognition of intraoral and extraoral anatomical landmarks. The second unit on dental embryology begins with prenatal development and ends with tooth development and eruption. The dental histology unit covers the development of all oral tissues including oral mucosa, enamel, dentin, cementum and pulp. Finally, the dental anatomy unit covers the primary and permanent dentition, the temporomandibular joint and occlusion. Each unit is comprised of several chapters; all 20 chapters begin with objectives, an outline, and key terms. The text is divided so that each unit can stand alone or be incorporated into a varied curriculum.

The outstanding features of this book are the over 700 color photographs and illustrations. This is a noticeable improvement over the previous edition. Color images are particularly helpful in the dental histology unit featuring color photomicrographs of oral tissues. Color photomicrographs are particularly helpful because they enable the reader to more easily discern microscopic structures. Each chapter contains numerous boxes of information and tables that describe in more detail specific dental conditions. The information in these boxes not only provides interesting facts for the reader, but important relevant information that clarifies essential concepts. This edition also includes current information on the inflammatory and immune response, as well as updated information on furcations, pulp morphology, removal of third molars, and more.

Each topic is organized and covered adequately for the dental hygiene curriculum. For example, there is enough background information on the cell for students to comprehend basic cell division and reproduction, and progress to basic tissues of the oral cavity. The dental anatomy unit is also a highlight of the text. Tooth morphology is covered thoroughly, using new photographs and diagrams to illustrate developmental disturbances and anomalies. The addition of key terms and the phonetic pronunciation of selected vocabulary words at the beginning of each chapter are extremely useful.

The use of the Evolve Resources web-site is available exclusively to textbook users. Evolve provides online access to PowerPoint slides, a test bank, case studies, updates of new clinical concepts, and supplemental study materials. The web-site is beneficial to both the instructor and student. Use of this technology is designed to enhance the presentation of material and interaction with students. A workbook and instructor's resource manual are available separately. The workbook is highly recommended for students, featuring case studies and review exercises. The instructor manual is also suggested as a helpful teaching aid that includes classroom activities, a test bank and reproducible tables from the textbook.

Finally, the level of writing is suitable for dental hygiene students. The chapters are interspersed with photos, diagrams, illustrations, radiographs and tables to divide the reading into manageable segments. This is unquestionably an essential textbook for dental hygiene students. Dental hygiene instructors will find this comprehensive textbook valuable for dental anatomy and histology instruction.

Diane P Kandray, RDH, M.Ed

Reviewed by Diane P. Kandray, RDH, M.Ed., Assistant Professor, Dr. Madeleine Haggerty Dental Hygiene Program, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
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Author:Kandray, Diane P.
Publication:Journal of Dental Hygiene
Date:Jan 1, 2007
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