Numerous surveys have been conducted to investigate the prevalen• ce
of malocclusion. It should be remembered that the figures for a particular
occlusal feature or dental anomaly will depend upon the size and
composition of the group studied (for example age and racial characteristics),
the cnteda used for assessment and the methods used by the
examiners (for example whether radiographs were employed).
These are exciting times for the diverse group of surgeons who perform craniomaxillofacial surgery.
The AO/ASIF (Swiss Association of Internal Fixation) has played a crucial role in the growth of
this field through its leadership in research, teaching, and cooperation with industry. As clinicians
fascinated by the extraordinary progress in the field, the goal is to advance this new knowledge
by teaching AO/ASIF courses and writing textbooks that supplement these courses and related
Dentistry is a relatively new and expanding area for vets. For many years it has been overlooked or inadequately taught at veterinary colleges, leaving students and vets with little or no training in this discipline. Now the interest in this area has increased and dentistry has become an important part of everyday veterinary practice. Designed to be a 'how-to-do' book, this practical manual guides the reader through all the routine dentistry procedures carried out in general practices.
I acknowledge that the formal education provided
by most dental schools as well as existing
textbooks and journals equip the
contemporary orthodontist with an excellent
foundation in the science and art of orthodontics.
However, I believe there is a pool of
knowledge and information that is not provided
by formal education and only becomes
available and acquired with time and experience
in clinical practice.