The “longevity” factor of our patients cannot be overemphasized when it comes to our treatment planning.  We would be remiss in our examination process if we were determined to diagnose the pocketbook and not what the patient (read, Baby Boomer) might want.  Calculations for retirement plans are now being performed based upon the expectation that the retiree will live to be 100 years old!  Baby Boomers know this and are trying to plan for the welcomed eventuality that this occurs.  Therefore, they are valuing their teeth for a lifetime and not opting for the extraction as often as I have witnessed in my practice life.  I am reminded of a quote from history,

“Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.”

Miguel deCervantes, Don Quixote, 1605