The profession of dentistry, and in particular the field of implant dentistry, has been significantly changed and improved by Dr. Carl E. Misch. More important, however, is the dental patient who has been the major recipient of the innovations and clinical advancement of this field. From single-tooth implant placement to complex bone augmentation with multiple implant positioning, this textbook provides the science and peer-reviewed research enhancing implant success and improving clinical outcomes.
This textbook leads the clinician through a logical sequence of “growth and maturation” as an implant dentist. Basic chapters on medical history, bone, and pharmacology lead into increasingly complex surgical approaches that include virtually every clinical venue faced by the implant dentist. These well-illustrated chapters with outstanding clinical teaching cases will serve as a basic guide for the dental clinician and as a valuable resource in one’s reference library.
A quarter of a century of experience at the Misch International Implant Institute is evident in this text-
book. Clinical and teaching approaches that have been proved over time are directly applied in each chapter. The thousands of general dentists and specialists who have successfully completed the comprehensive series of Misch Institute three-day–weekend courses (which includes several years of Temple University and University of Pittsburgh periodontology residents) have provided significant feedback, resulting in continuous outcomes assessments of clinical procedures and research methods highlighted in this text. The reader will not only improve their clinical skills, but also their confidence with Dr. Misch. I speak from personal experience as a board- certified periodontist who completed his first surgical placement of a dental implant under the tutelage of Dr. Misch (while on a giant video monitor viewed by more than 60 dentists during one of the Misch Institute courses) over a decade ago. I continue to be mentored by Dr. Misch and feel fortunate to call him a professional colleague, research collaborator, and true friend.
Jon B. Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA