New To This Edition

Content and references were thoroughly updated throughout, and glossaries consistent with the most recent edition of The Glossary of Prosthodontics Terms were added to provide the reader with lists of terminology relevant to the chapter topics. Selected key words are listed at the beginning of the chapters, to facilitate rapid information retrieval. Also, essay format Study Questions were added to provide the student an opportunity to test his or her knowledge and comprehension after reading a chapter.

Section I. This section now consists of six chapters, the previous chapter on "History, Examination, Diagnosis and Prognosis" having been divided into two separate chapters: "History Taking and Clinical Examination" and "Diagnostic Casts and Related Procedures." The section now includes additional step-by-step sequences of photographs of commonly performed diagnostic procedures and new artwork to clarify hinge axis location and border movements.

Section 11. The tooth preparation chapters in Section 11 were revised; new artwork was generated for inlays, onlays, and metal-ceramic preparations;

Vii and content was thoroughly updated, in particular for all-ceramic restorations. The Implant chapter was comprehensively revised to be current with new developments in implant prosthodontics, as was the chapter on Provisional Restorations.

Section III. In an effort to emphasize the importance of the mutual collaboration between dentist and technician, Section III now begins with the chapter on Laboratory Communication. In addition to the many new illustrations throughout the section, for example those on occlusal waxing, the chapter on Pontic Design underwent an in-depth revision. It now includes emphasis on ridge shape and contour of the edentulous site, pontic classification, and various more contemporary techniques than the ones previously presented.

Similarly, the chapter on All-Ceramic Restoration Fabrication was again updated to incorporate the most recent developments and techniques. A section on esthetic considerations was added to the Color Science chapter, and a chapter on Fiber-Reinforced Composite Fixed Prostheses follows the comprehensively rewritten chapter on Resin-Retained Fixed Partial Dentures.

section IV This section now includes, among others, a more detailed discussion on luting agents, in an effort to make sense out of the myriad of choices confronting the practitioner when attempting to select the appropriate luting agents for various fixed prosthodontic procedures. The treatment presentations now include additional long-term follow up on simple and complex fixed prosthodontic treatments, emphasizing the goal of longevity when planning fixed prostheses.


After three editions, it is difficult, if not impossible, to be 100 percent accurate and complete in crediting all sources of information, ideas, illustrations, photographs, and concepts. Without the selfless help and support of so many others, we could not have managed this overwhelming task. Once again, whenever we approached colleagues, friends, and manufacturers, our requests for permission to include materials were invariably most kindly approved. Throughout, we have made every effort £o correctly identify all sources and individuals who helped us bi'ing this mammoth undertaking to a successful completion. We apologize for any omissions, which are certainly unintentional, and for


All. those who contributed unselfishly to make this text better through donation of their time, energy, pictures, concepts for illustrations, or clinical

Our reviewers who took time out of their busy schedules to provide input and suggestions to incorporate in this edition: Drs. Ralph Dei .ong, University of Minnesota; Ira Gulker, New York University; Ronald Gunderson, University of Maryland; David Koth, University of Alabama; Xavier Lepe, University of Washington; Terry Lindquist, University of Iowa; Mark Richards, West Virginia University; Terry Wilwerding^ Creighton University^ Gerald Woolsey, University of Missouri Kansas City.

James Cockerill, R.B.P., who one more time provided selected photographic support, building on his previous contributions to the first two

Don O'Connor, who generated all new artwork for this edition emulating the styles used previously by Krystina Srodulski for edition one, and Sandra

Our contributors: Drs. Robert F. Batma, William Brantley, Isabelle Denry, Duane Douglas, Martin Freilich, Jon Goldberg, Julie Holloway, Peter Larsen, Donald Miller, Edwin McGlumphy, and Van

Dr. Clifford W. VanBlarcom, Chairman of the Nomenclature Committee of the Academy of Prosthodontics, and Dr, Brien R. Lang, Chairman of the Editorial Council of The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, for generously supporting the integration of terms from The Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms into the various chapters. It is so important when teaching a discipline to use the correct word and as Mark Twain put it "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between

Faculty and staff at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry for their help in making an already successful text even better: especially Tammy Duggan, Connie Mason, and Angela Evans for their tireless support and Pat Uhlemeyer for all the time spent word processing, and Drs. James A. Nelson, Gay lord J, James Jr., Kenneth Seckler, Cornell C. Thomas, and Robert Froemling for always being willing to take on another task.

The outstanding team at Mosby: especially

Penny Rudolph, Kimberly Frare, Stacy Welsh, and

Rich Barber for their patience and understanding in this endeavor. They arc the professionals in this

Enid, Karen, and Yoshiko have now 'survived' three editions. It takes special spouses to tolerate prosthodontists to begin with, but to support us throughout the completion of yet another edition shows how special they truly are.

A highly respected restorative dentist told us once: "It took me about 10 to 15 years after dental school, until I could routinely make excellent inlays and onlays." This illustrates but one small aspect of the lifetime challenge that fixed prosthodontics presents to student, practitioner, and scholar. We hope that this new edition may help those who are sufficiently motivated and interested to meet that challenge successfully.

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