Salivary glands are of utmost importance for several physiological functions
ranging from the protection of teeth and surrounding soft tissues to the lubrication
of the oral cavity, which is crucial for speech and perception of food taste.
This publication highlights specific aspects of salivary gland development,
investigating the mechanisms involved in embryonic development, the current
research in stem cells, the ability of adult glands to regenerate and the signalling
pathways involved in this process. Key stages of salivary gland development,
moving from initiation to differentiation of the glands, are discussed, as well
as unusual adaptations, ranging from making silk to making venom. The book finally
provides new data on surgical techniques and diagnostic tools for clinicians
involved in salivary gland disorders.
Researchers and students with an interest in craniofacial sciences as well as clinicians dealing with salivary gland disorders will find this publication an excellent source of up-to-date information.