Heroes are out of fashion today, and poorly understood. They are not the winners, idols, and momentary stars representing our preoccupation with success. Instead they are individuals who sense the slight imbalances in society and prepare themselves to help point us in the direction we are already tending toward. The hero engages in a quest that includes a call, a separation from society in which challenges are overcome, and finally a return with a boon. Properly understood, we can find examples of heroes in dentistry, even if they are not the ones that come naturally to mind.