My dear students and teachers, It gives me an immense pleasure to connect with you all again, through this third edition of my Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This year, I have been voted as “Outstanding Teacher” (2011) by all my readers, well-wishers, all over the country, through The Premier Indian Dental Portal—Bitein. It always feels nice to be loved, appreciated and it encourages me more to contribute to the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery in my own humble way. Again ‘a big thank to everybody’. I am presenting this updated third edition of my book to you all and wish that you will always support me by reading this textbook. The highlight of this new edition is the updated knowledge and inclusion of new chapters dedicated to the new technology—Recent Advances in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT), Lasers, Piezosurgery. An additional chapter is also added to implantology section. This would not have been possible without the unconditional support from my contributors for this edition—Professor Vidya Rattan, Professor Mushtaq I Parkar, Dr Shambhvi Anil Malik, Dr Prashant A Punde, Dr Nilesh Patil, Dr Mounesh Kumar and Dr Jayant Landge. The new technology gives the power of precision in clinician’s hands, but we have to keep in mind that it keeps transforming at faster pace.
As professionals, we need to change, learn, evolve, grow and more importantly, do it almost overnight. Using the latest technology to the best of our advantage, is no longer a bonus—it is a requirement. The volume of information is overwhelming. The solution is to adopt a timeless methodology for how to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’. We have tried to give comprehensive information of most of the updates in clinical practice. I hope its application in day-to-day clinical practice will benefit the patients. I once again thank God almighty for his blessings in all my endeavors. I also wish to convey my thanks to my earlier contributors, and of course, to M/s Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi, India, without their contribution, this third edition would not have been possible. Recently, Shri Jitendar P Vij (Chairman and Managing Director), M/s Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi, India, has celebrated his successful 45 years of service in medical publishing. During his journey, he has imparted knowledge to countless students, through his books, all over the world, and in turn, touched so many souls. My humble tribute to the passionate publisher Shri Jitendar P Vij. He has an amazing foresight in choosing his authors and he personally gives the much-needed support and encouragement. My family members, my husband Dr Anil Malik, my daughter Dr Shambhvi Anil Malik, my friends and wellwishers have also contributed towards the success, by constant encouragement and support.