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Stefanac, Polverini Write, Edit New Oral Health Books

Ann Arbor, MI — February 24, 2016 — The names of two well-known University of Michigan School of Dentistry administrators appear on the covers of new books each has edited or written.

Dr. Stephen Stefanac, senior associate dean and associate dean for Patient Services, is co-author of the 3rd edition of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry, which also was recently published, both in hard copy and electronically.

Dr. Peter Polverini, dean from 2003 to 2013, is the editor of Personalized Oral Health Care, from Concept Design to Clinical Practice.  The book covers a range of topics including new technologies that will revolutionize how dentistry is practiced and emerging scientific concepts and principles that will lead to significant changes in dental education.  He also wrote three chapters of the 12-chapter book.

Stefanac Book

The third edition of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry is the “go to” text for dental students worldwide.  The 443-page book took two years to complete, about 20% more than the second edition, and includes more than 200 color illustrations.  It uses evidence-based research to show how risk assessment, prognosis and expected treatment outcomes factor into the planning process.

New chapters cover patient diagnosis and team-based treatment planning and a new Evolve website that includes videos, case scenarios and decision-making strategies.  Also covered are patient diagnosis and interprofessional treatment planning.  The book is co-authored by Dr. Samuel Nesbit from the University of North Carolina.  Thirty-nine authors, six from the U-M School of Dentistry, contributed.

“Presently, there is no other comprehensive text on treatment planning for dental students and general dentists,” Stefanac says.  “The second edition of the book has sold well not only in the U.S., but overseas too.”  The first edition was published in 2001.

Since the book can also be read electronically, “readers can more easily search for information and authors can add additional content,” Stefanac says.

Polverini Book

“This may be the first book that focuses on the emerging field of personalized oral health care,” Polverini says.  The idea for the book came from a symposium he organized several years ago for the International Association for Dental Research on the subject of personalized oral medicine.  The topic was later expanded to emphasize personalized oral health care. 

Polverini says dentistry “is undergoing a profound change that will affect how oral health care is taught.  That transformation will significantly affect both today’s students and their patients.”  He says the changes in education and patient care involve a greater emphasis on prevention, risk assessment, earlier diagnosis and cost-effective care.

For personalized oral health care to realize its full potential, however, oral health care providers must become familiar with, and ultimately use, new technologies and discoveries in science so they can create the best personalized health plans for their patients.

Dental and medical students and other health care practitioners must be willing to adopt a collaborative, holistic approach to patient care.  At U-M, a focus on interprofessional education course work allows students from seven schools and colleges a chance to cross traditional boundaries that have separated health professions.  Opportunities for collaborative and engaged learning have been created to help students better understand the complex nature of health care and interrelationships between dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, public health and kinesiology.

Nine School of Dentistry faculty members, including Polverini, and a staff member contributed to the 158-page book.