3D printed dental crowns while you wait

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The digital design of the crown is transmitted to a CNC (computer numerical control) milling machine.

By Saul Kaplan: As a tech junkie and geek wannabe I’ve been paying attention to 3D printing and the exploding maker movement. When I say paying attention, I mean reading about it, watching hackers and hobbyists make stuff, and wondering if there is more to the technology than the brightly colored plastic tchotchkes cluttering my desk. 3D printing really hasn’t affected me yet. That is until I recently chipped a tooth and had no choice but to visit my family dentist. It was the dentist’s chair that more than any article or demo converted me to the potential of 3D printing. Sometimes disruption has to hit you right in the mouth before you pay attention.

 

 

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Dental filling of the future kills bacteria and regenerates tooth

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The new filling contains calcium phosphate nanoparticles that rebuild tooth minerals.

Thanks to a new dental breakthrough, the dreaded trip to the dentist to replace a worn-out filling could soon be a thing of the past.  Scientists have used nanotechnology to create the first cavity-filling composite that kills harmful bacteria and regenerates tooth structure lost to decay.

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Dental office could be good place for medical checkup: study

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You may get more than your teeth checked out at a future visit to your dentist.

20 million Americans each year see a dentist but not a general health care provider a new study shows. The finding suggests dental offices could be good places to screen patients for chronic health problems. By asking their patients a few questions or administering quick health test, dentists could identify those who are at risk for diseases such as diabetes.

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Worries About Radiation Exposure to Children in the Dentist’s Chair

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An image from a cone-beam CT scanner used by dentists.

Because children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to radiation, doctors three years ago mounted a national campaign to protect them by reducing diagnostic radiation to only those levels seen as absolutely necessary.

 

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Solar Toothbrush Could Eliminate the Need for Toothpaste

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Solar toothbrush

When we first saw this new gadget, we thought “Oh, a mechanical toothbrush powered by the sun.” But that isn’t what this is. Instead of using solar rays to charge itself up, the toothbrush uses them to catalyze a powerful chemical reaction that could leave your mouth way cleaner than regular old brushing does. “You see complete destruction of bacterial cells,” says Kunio Komiyama, the inventor of the device. Oh, and did we mention that no toothpaste is required? Watch out Colgate!

 

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Cosmetic Procedures on the Rise, Proves to be a Financial Boon to Doctors

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Cosmetic procedures, including Botox, have become much more popular for the general population.

Jennifer Siegel has had more than her share of unsolicited medical advice. Her OB/GYN offered to do a tummy tuck after she delivered Siegel’s third child. Her eye doctor suggested injectables for the wrinkles between her brows when she went in for an eye exam. And when she asked her dentist about some simple cosmetic dentistry, he offered to nearly overhaul her entire mouth.

 

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Sound Waves are the Latest Weapon in the Fight Against Dentist Phobias

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Sound waves are used to calm dental patients

New technology that experts claim can calm the brain is being used by British dentists to relax nervous patients.  Developed by American neuroscientists, the equipment, called NuCalm, induces a state of deep relaxation even in highly anxious patients.

 

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Top 10 Fears and Phobias That Really Scare People

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Things that scare people.

Whether you jump at the sight of a spider or work up a sweat at the mere mention of getting on an airplane, fears and phobias abound. About 19.2 million American adults ages 18 and over, or some 8.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have some type of specific phobia, or extreme fear. Here are some of the worst.

 

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New Gadget Eliminates Pain in Dental Injections By Tricking Your Brain

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People of the world who hate hate HATE going to the dentist, rejoice: DentalVibe is a new device that completely eliminates the pain when they are sticking a stainless steel needle into your gums. All by cleverly fooling your brain.

Developed by Dr. Steven G. Goldberg DDS and Bresslergroup, DentalVibe vibrates at irregular intervals. While the brain ignores rapid rhythmical vibration, it notices pulses that are not regular. These vibrations are transmitted by A-beta nerve fibers, which are faster than the slower C fibers that transmit the sensation of pain caused by the needle penetrating your gums.

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Space-Age Plasma Jet ‘Set To Replace Dentist’s Drill’

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A futuristic ‘plasma jet’ that eradicates tooth decay without fillings could be replacing the hated dentist’s drill in as little as three years, it was claimed today.

The space-age device fires a beam of electrically-charged oxygen atoms into tooth cavities to obliterate decay-causing bacteria.

Traditionally, the same job is done by drilling holes into the tooth that has to be filled.

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