I hate to admit it—I mean I really hate to admit it—but I graduated from dental school 30 years ago. I mean I have to sit down when I say this, and I don’t mean that I’m too old to stand, I just can’t believe it. It’s just shocking to me how fast 30 years go; I know if you do the math it’s something like a trillion seconds, or as a Michigan football fan, only one National Championship (please, no emails from Ohio State fans). I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1988. When I graduated dental school, we were still allowed to do gold foil restorations for our clinical board exams (NERBS). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the gold foil restoration, let me explain how to do it: 1) drill very precise cavity preparation, 2) heat up a ribbon of gold with Bunsen burner flame, 3) place the warmed gold foil into tooth cavity preparation, 4) use mallet (i.e. hammer) and blunt instrument to ‘tap’ the gold foil into cavity preparation, 5) repeat warming and malleting the gold foil, 6) burnish the gold aggressively and polish, 7) refer patient to endodontist for pulp therapy (just kidding, well, mostly just kidding).