[Premium] Essential Microbiology for Dentistry, 4th Edition


Lakshman Samaranayake, DSc(h.c.) DDS BDS FRCPath FHKCPath FDSRCSE(Hon) FCDSHK FHKAM(Path) FHKAM(DSurg) MIBiol, Dean and Chair, Professor of Oral Microbiology, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Honorary Professor, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University of London, London, UK

Book Description

The new edition of this highly successful book continues to offer readers everything they require to gain a full understanding of microbiology as it relates to modern dental practice. The rich combination of easy-to-read text together with the extensive artwork programme makes Essential Microbiology for Dentistry the first choice of microbiology textbook for many students of dentistry worldwide.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of the subject area makes the book suitable for all aspects of the curriculum
  • Almost 300 tables and illustrations present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an easy-to-follow manner
  • Contains ‘Key Facts’ boxes to act as useful aide-mémoires
  • Self-assessment sections at the end of each chapter allow students to assess their understanding in key areas of knowledge
  • Addresses the subject on a strictly ‘need-to-know for the dentist’ approach [e.g. only salient bacteria are included with thumbnail sketches of viruses and fungi]

New to this Edition

  • Contains a detailed – and now expanded – glossary and abbreviations list
  • Contains the latest organism nomenclature and information regarding unculturable bacteria and novel molecular technology
  • Includes a highly expanded section on oral biofilms and their relevance to systemic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes and nosocomial pneumonia
  • Contains a brand new section on oral immunology – prepared by guest authors – as relevant to dentistry
  • Contains a new section on the microbiology of perimplantitis
  • Presents a fully revised and expanded section on infection control in dentistry encompassing British and American guidelines

Editorial Reviews


All relevant topics have been covered. In fact, this is a more comprehensive book than Essentials of Microbiology for Dental Students published by OUP which I own.

I find myself trying to say that the book goes into too much depth but if you were to adhere strictly to the BDS curriculum you would find a place for the entire contents, i.e. there is every chance that any part of this book could appear in a BDS exam. In addition, the book touches on other areas outwith microbiology – oral medicine, immunology, etc. This is a very good feature as it widens the readers’ perspective.

After comparing this book to the Oxford equivalent I would certainly recommend the Churchill-Livingston version. Why? Because of the assessments at the end of chapters, the more comprehensive index and the inclusion of a glossary. In addition, although the content is similar in both books, the Churchill-Livingston version is not only more detailed, it has been laid out in shorter chapters which is better for revision.

Lecturers need to know that this is a better book than the Oxford equivalent because their reading list recommendation, in my view, is what influences students most when buying a book when they are similarly priced.

S Johnston, VT, West Lothian, UK, August 2008

This text covers clinically-related material featured in Bagg, et al. and the more basic science covered in Marsh and Martin, two texts which we have always recommend. The combination offered here makes for a very comprehensive package which I feel is better for our Oral Science and Medicine course.

Dr John W Smalley, Senior Lecturer in Dental Science, The University of Liverpool, September 2008

The book is very well ordered, easy to read and logically put together making quite a tough subject quite enjoyable to read. This book has a glossary, review questions at the end of each chapter and an end of chapter summary – excellent!

Ian Arad, VT, West London, UK, September 2008

“Overall this a very useful introductory textbook which deserves to be included on the reading list for dental undergraduates and one whcih I will continue to recommend.”

WTmagazine, April 2012

“Its almost certainly will be a first choice text for dental students and mayalso appeal to general dental practitioners. This new fourth edition expands on the previous versions and now contains the latest information regarding unculturable bacteria, a greatly expand section on oral biofilms and their relevance to systemic disease, and a new section on oral immunology and the microbiology of perimplantitis…In summary, a great revision book and a must have for dental students!”

The British Dental Journal, April 2012

Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 4 edition (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702034843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702034848
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds


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