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Wheeler's Dental Anatomy, Physiology and Occlusion, 8e 8th Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0721693828
ISBN-10: 0721693822
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About the Author

Major M Ash, Jr., DDS, MS, Department of Occlusion, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor MI; and Stanley Nelson, DDS, MS, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 8 edition (December 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721693822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721693828
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Wheeler should have his dental license revoked, even if he knows his dental anatomy. I say this because he has no capacity to organize, no sense of what makes things understandable, and absolutely no clue whatsoever what a diagram or illustration is used for. This text is a disgrace to the dental field, because it makes all dental professionals look incompetent, and unable to convey information effectively.
Dental anatomy is a collection of facts that should be presented either in list form, or as text attached to a WELL-LABELED diagram, with SOME description of what's going on. Instead, wheeler presents the data in lengthy prose (which, despite its boring length, is frequently unthorough). The text is loaded with blank diagrams, some shaded/contoured, some simply line drawings, and some drawn on a graph background, almost none of which have any kind of in-graphic labeling. The only description of the illustration comes at the bottom of it, and is nothing more than an identification of tooth and aspect of the picture. In addition, he fills up the book with idiotic pictures of real teeth side-by-side which vary greatly and essentially confuse matters. Needless to say, he never bothers to label anything within these pictures.
It's extremely difficult to use this book to learn from. It's excessively tedious to get the information from the text, and almost impossible to make use of the illustrations. It's as if he initially wrote the text with no intent of including illustrations, then, at the request of others, threw in the illustrations at the very end. Apparently, Wheeler was too lazy to actually WRITE SOMETHING ON THE ILLUSTRATIONS!
If you are a dental student, and your professor recommends this book, save your money. This book is high-school. I'd give it zero stars if I could.
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Dental anatomy is a tough subject to learn. The human dentition varies from person to person and from race to race. If you truly want to learn dental anatomy a text book by itself is not enough. Use models, typodonts, extracted teeth, and your own patients to further your understanding. You might have to purchase such items by yourself. You have to gain knowledge through experience. This book (previous edition, old exams, and dental decks) helped me to achieve a 99 percentile on NDBE Part I. I can't believe the lack of professionalism from the previous reviewers. They are an embarrassment to the profession of dentistry. Who cares if you are #2 in the class, too bad you are not #1 (Then we can take you seriously!). I would recommend this book only as a supplement to the learning of dental anatomy. You can not learn all there is about dentistry from a text book! Dental school only gives you the basics.
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By EUGENE KIM on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the most awfully written book I've read. Unfortunately, this happens to be "the bible" (!!?!??) in dental anatomy.
It's boring, and the illustrations aren't clear and do not correspond well to the text.
The author should be killed twice.
Very unfortunately it is the main text in our dental anatomy course.
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This book is complete garbage. I got a 27 on the DAT and have read my fair share of difficult literature (including original research papers in both STEM and social sciences), and this book takes the cake for sheer incomprehensibility. It's almost as if the author(s) deliberately tired to use the most abstruse writing style possible in order to confuse the reader. Spend your money elsewhere !
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Wheeler's Dental Anatomy, Physiology and Occlusion

by Major M. Ash

It is a good book with wealth of informations but also with lots of unnecessary details/ facts. One needs to wade through complete text material before discarding all extra material, a real difficult task for a first time learner of dental anatomy especially occlusion. Some of the previous criticisms are genuine. Yet this is the only book of its kind in the market. May be one of us (dentists) should embark upon the task of writing a better monologue/ text along with clear illustrations on dental anatomy, physiology and occlusion?
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By ajs on November 17, 2010
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I like the Wheelers book for somethings. The pictures are great and have really great labels for all of the details. There are also blank flash cards so you can quiz yourself on the anatomy. However, the text can be very dense and difficult to understand the wording at times. There are also no quiz or review questions that would probably be helpful. Apparently though the people who make up the board exam use Wheelers to make their questions so I guess it's a catch 22?
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I'm a student in new york and we were assigned this book. The quick and dirty is that the book is somewhat long-winded and tough to follow, but gives a very detailed description of the teeth. Many new dental students will find that using the glut of new dental terminology like line angles, different types of ridges and just finding the orientation in space is hard. If you can get past this, the book is very helpful. Whats really helpful (and what most of our students use) is the tooth CD that comes with it. It is a series of cartoon picures that summarizes paragraph-long descriptions into something as easy as an arrow. Its just that easy. If you are fortunate to stumble across a PDF copy of the CD, use it. However, personally, I am very happy with purchasing the book because it also includes a number of flashcards in the back and it will no doubt be useful in studying for the boards. There it is. The book isnt THAT bad. Its just VERY descriptive.
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