This top-selling reference illustrates the thought processes that determine optimal therapy for an individual patient. The approach entails the use of a decision tree for each clinical problem or situation accompanied by a brief explanation of the basis for each decision. The chapters present common clinical problems in a format that enables the reader to find solutions more easily than in traditional texts. In addition, several readily available references are included with each chapter. This text is organized into eleven sections from the most basic to the most complex for assistance with problem solving in dental practices. Sections include: History Taking, Indications for Collecting and Recording Data, Signs and Symptoms, Initial Therapy Evaluation, and Detecting and Recording Findings, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (among others) that focus on clinician's concerns.* Each chapter includes several readily available references, organized into sections from most basic to most complex. * Decision tree format is provided for each clinical problem or situation. * Signs and symptoms section presents unique diagnostic approach options shown in the algorithms. * Includes decision trees that address periodontal treatment for impacted third molars and five different types of implants.