The Master’s Guide to Interproximal Reduction (IPR)

Written by Dr. Randol Womack

Dr. Randol Womack has combined his knowledge and experience in interproximal enamel reduction with the technical expertise of the OrthoMatics company to produce this highly useful booklet that serves as a clinical guide to this important feature of contemporary orthodontic therapy.

This manual makes clear in the prologue that it does not intend to offer diagnostic or treatment planning advice. Those aspects of orthodontic treatment belong solely to the clinician. That said, however, this guide furnishes the orthodontic practitioner with a practical and applicable guide for interproximal enamel reduction, which has enlivened orthodontic patient management.

The indications for IPR and the location and amount of enamel reduction are covered as well as tooth shape. IPR principles are noted and accompanied by excellent color illustrations. Dr. Womack illustrates enamel reduction with the OrthoSlenderizer by OrthoMatics, which offers reduction with a minimum of patient discomfort. Dr. Womack describes the use of thickness gauges to measure the amount of enamel removed during the reduction process. The use of diamond-encrusted discs is covered in exacting detail, and the precautions with their use are described.

The manual, at a cost of $95, provides an ample bibliography for the rationale of IPR plus a companion DVD that illustrates the technique with clinical patients. Actual viewing under ordinary clinical conditions makes the technique more realistic and relevant and offers a valuable supplement to the written narrative.

Review by Larry White, DDS, MSD


For more information on this booklet, contact:

P.O. Box 1515
Englewood, CO 80150-1515

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