A well-written, structured and presented text, this book feels comprehensive and solid in your hands. The aim of the authors is to present and discuss the varying and numerous techniques involved in prosthodontics and surgical management of facial defects, providing up-to-date material based on strong evidence and experience. The book is likely to appeal to a readership composed of prosthodontics specialists, dental technicians, surgeons and those who have a keen interest in facial rehabilitation. As such, I would not recommend this is an undergraduate text.

Ordering the chapters into anatomical locations makes it easy to follow and practical to learn from. At the start of each chapter the supporting and background information is described which refreshes the reader’s knowledge and helps to inform the prosthodontic and surgical sections that follow. Summaries at the end of each chapter also help the reader consolidate the main learning points. A strong evidence base is evident, with the supporting references given at the end of the chapter.

A real positive of this book is the number of excellent pictures showing the disease processes, planning and reconstruction phases which are integral and individual to every case. These are vital because maxillofacial rehabilitation is difficult and bland to visualise from text alone, the pictures thus giving weight and enrichment. However, one minor reservation is that the pictures are fairly small, yet one could also argue that the multi-step processes being described would be impossible to arrange on one page if the pictures were much bigger.

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It is truly fascinating what is possible to achieve using modern techniques, with large, irregular maxillofacial defects almost made invisible. Indeed, the authors advocate a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation, using prosthodontists, cancer surgeons and oncologists to achieve the best results. All chapters have been revised, reflecting advances over the last few years. To this end, two new chapters – ‘Digital technology in maxillofacial rehabilitation’ and ‘Tissue engineering of maxillofacial tissues’ – have been added to the textbook. These chapters are interesting prospects for the future, yet are firmly seated in the specialist field.

In summary, this is a beautifully constructed textbook from start to finish which presents a range of techniques in an accessible and informative manner. A valuable source of referral for anyone involved in maxillofacial rehabilitation, it certainly helps somewhat to diffuse the infamous phrase ‘the cure was worse than the disease’.