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Wheeler's Dental Anatomy, Physiology, and Occlusion

Editorial Reviews
Book Info
Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Updated text provides a visually oriented presentation of dental knowledge and includes evidence-based chronologies of the human dentitions. Features color drawings, CD-ROM, the developmental process, temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder evaluations, and 210-question exam. Previous edition: c1993.

Customer Reviews

1 out of 5 stars Is this what we've come to?, August 29, 2003

  Reviewer: A reader from denver, colorado United States

Dentistry is a profession full of the "best and brightest" isn't it? Well then who OK'd this vile, vomitous, asinine, random collection of information, organized and edited by a chimp, and proofread by a ladybug, to be published? There is no excuse for this. This is just another example of the rampant intellectual laziness and smugness alive and well in our dental schools. "Its the only text, so they have to read it, right?" Why are dental schools underfunded? Because we don't want to send you any money after you make us wade through this sewer of a book. I had to go back and teach myself all the dental anatomy I DIDN'T learn from this book before my national boards, and I was #2 in the class. We shouldn't have to put up with this garbage. Dental anatomy does not have to be a nightmare if someone would, umm, really organize the information maybe? You will be much better off if you just get the part 1 dental decks to learn your dental anatomy. This is absolutely shameful and a black mark on dental education.


5 out of 5 stars Quit your whining. There are too many dentists anyway., September 10, 2001

  Reviewer: A reader from Ann Arbor, MI, USA

To the reviewers who vilified this tome-> Hey guys, this text is a classic. If learning is such a hateful thing to you, get out of dentistry now. You're off to a good start to become a second rate dentist as it is. Here's an idea: learn how to love dentistry, because you'll be practicing for a long time. Call me crazy. I've been called worse. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title


1 out of 5 stars Hands down, the worst text in the history of mankind., October 19, 2000

  Reviewer: Yummy Tummy from VA

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title


1 out of 5 stars AWFUL, September 4, 2000

  Reviewer: EUGENE KIM from Los Angeles, Ca USA

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title


Key Features

  • Essential concepts of occlusion relevant to restorative dentistry are covered.
  • Evidence-based chronologies of the human dentitions provide research standards for tooth development and eruption.
  • Dimensions of teeth from all aspects are considered in relation to space problems and arch size.
  • Discussion of bony supporting structures provides information necessary for oral surgery, periodontics, and dental implants.
  • Detailed descriptions and illustrated morphologic features of usual/unusual teeth essential for learning biologic variation of tooth morphology.
  • Radiographs and pulp chamber and canal morphology in sectioned teeth provide an excellent reference for root canal therapy.
  • Clinically useful chronologies show the age of attainment to avoid damage to developing teeth.
  • Age prediction chronologies can be used to assess the unknown age of a patient.
  • Periodontal therapy is discussed in detail, outlining the relationship of tooth morphology to the periodontium.

New to this Edition

  • New lifelike color drawings of the right maxillary and mandibular permanent teeth from the mesial, occlusal, distal, lingual and buccal views are featured in the book and on the CD-ROM.
  • CD-ROM teaches the evaluation of contours of simulated dental restorations in relation to ideal arch form using Quicktime Virtual Reality.
  • An interactive 250 multiple choice question examination on the CD-ROM provides a thorough self-assessment tool.
  • Expanded coverage of the development process of the primary and permanent dentitions related to diagnosing potential space problems and malocclusion.
  • Thorough discussion of the evaluation of temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders including anatomical illustrations of the nerves and muscles of the head and neck region.
  • Appendix of tooth trait categories reviews key information for students.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to dental anatomy 2. Development and eruption of the teeth 3. The primary (deciduous) teeth 4. Forensics, comparative anatomy, geometries, and form and function 5. Orofacial complex: form and function 6. The permanent maxillary incisors 7. The permanent mandibular incisors 8. The permanent canines, maxillary and mandibular 9. The permanent maxillary premolars 10. The permanent mandibular premolars 11. The permanent maxillary molars 12. The permanent mandibular molars 13. Pulp chambers and canals 14. Dento-osseous structures, blood vessels and nerves 15. The temporomandibular joints, teeth, and muscles and their functions 16. Occlusion

Author Information

By Major M Ash, Jr., BS, DDS, MS, MDhc, Marcus L. Ward Professor and Research Scientist, Emeritus, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and Stanley J. Nelson, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, School of Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX