Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra written about an hidalgo’s quest to revive chivalry. Considered by many to be one of the most influential works of literature from the Spanish Golden Age, Miguel de Cervantes adds a quote cherished by dentists and oral surgeons:
“Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.”
~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605
Since tooth pain can cause such extreme discomfort, and missing teeth can become problematic for oral health, oral surgeons fully agree with de Cervantes’ observation. Thankfully, modern methods and technology have opened the door for everyone to have a beautiful, full set of teeth.