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Editorial

Dr Manesh Lahori

Authors: Dr. Manesh Lahori
 

“Last seen of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

This is how William Shakespeare has described old age in his famous play ‘As You Like It.’ As per medical science, ageing is a progressive, generalized impairment of function resulting in loss of adaptive response to stress and an increasing risk of age related diseases and disabilities. An old patient is usually characterized by frail body, sunken eyes, grey hair, drooping corners of mouth, partial or complete edentulism and very often a sensitive mind desiring personal care and attention. Old age, like death, is ineluctable. Advances in medical science have increased life expectancy from ‘60s to ‘90s and centuries. The wonderful world of Prosthodontics has fulfilled the dream of “third set of teeth”, when the natural ones shed. The rising number of implant cases and rehabilitation of teeth through other methods in older individuals speaks much.

In the current Indian scenario, there is only one hospital which has full-fledged department of Geriatrics –but there is none such in the field of dentistry. Here a general practitioner or a Prosthodontist caters to the need of the ‘Grey haired Sapiens’. We look forward to achieving a good occlusion, near perfect retention, stability and support. At the same time we need to ensure that the patient is able to eat well with the new set of teeth, and his peace of mind is not disturbed by the same. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is larger than that-It is to enable ‘WELL BEING’.

Editor

Dr. Manish Lahori
Dr. Manesh Lahori
B.D.S, M.D.S, F.I.S.O.I, F.I.C.O.I
Professor & H.O.D
Dept. of Prosthodontics
K.D Dental College, Mathura, India