Isn’t Technology great…

Today I needed to visit my Dentist - I worked a crown loose down in San Joe while fighting with a particularly tough cheese and mushroom omlette (I was presenting at the Embedded Software Developers Conference) - so I made an appointment to have the crown checked out - today was the day, the procedure was totally painless and pretty high tech - the original crown was fitted a few years back, when the original crown was created I needed to be fitted with a temporary crown and then come back for a "fitting" a couple of weeks later - but not this time around.

The dentist had an array of high tech kit, including lasers, and a 3D imaging device which creates a CAD/CAM file which is dropped to a 3D milling machine (costing around $110,000 - see the image of the milling here) - in less than 20 minutes the new crown is created and ready to be fitted - pretty darn cool... - plus, you get to watch TV while the whole thing is going on 🙂

It's amazing to see where "embedded" technology is turning up...

- Mike

Comments (5)

  1. Mark says:

    Lets just hope that it doesnt get embedded in the tooth 🙂

  2. Maybe if I took a digital camera and asked about the technology involved I might not mind going to the dentist as much… At least now you know why they charge so much.

  3. Mike says:

    perhaps I should turn the MSDN Channel 9 video camera over to a walk through the technologies being used at the dentist – I have to say that I was pretty surprised by the amount of technology being used and how smooth the entire process was…

    but, yes, you are right, no wonder they charge so much !

    – Mike

  4. bhupendra says:

    I m haveing problems running IIS in win XP Professional. After its installed the ISM is doesn’t run. D/clicking on its ISM icon doesn’t initiate any process.

    Pls help

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