Here is a question any dentist can answer: How old is your oldest patient? Here’s a fact to go with it: We’re all getting older. And here’s a thought to consider: Everyone is going to reach a point when he or she asks, and not in jest, “Am I old now?” And once you’re there, you don’t enjoy it, no matter how philosophical you thought you would be. You want it to be better, the best it can be. For the aging dentition, inquiry into the area of tooth number is a discussion whose time has come. Function, maintenance, and individual choice will define progress at this time of life. Our cover feature considers the available evidence and puts it in perspective historically and clinically.
Fountain image by Jay White; WWII image and Agnes photo courtesy of Walter S. Warpeha, Jr., D.D.S., M.S.