Jabberwocky for 2004 August 4 (entry 0)

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[Comments] (3) Dentadventure: Today I had one of my teeth fixed by a new(ish) German method. The dentist drilled out the old filling and the new cavity, leaving a horrifyingly jagged shell of a molar which my tongue of course couldn't resist. He took a digital picture of the tooth, cropped the surrounding teeth out of the picture, and then used some fancy software to transform the picture into a virtual 3-D image of the tooth. Then, using the trackball on the computer, he outlined the area that was to be filled with porcelain. The computer sent the info to a milling machine, which lathed out a block of porcelain in the exact shape and size of the hole. Then the dentist basically bonded the patch in with Krazy Glue. He says only about 4 to 5% of dentists have this equipment. It surely was interesting to watch. I got to go into the other room and see the little machine drilling out a crown for my tooth.

Now my tongue can't resist the new filling.


Comments:

Posted by Susie at Thu Aug 05 2004 07:21

What is it about tongues, huh?

Posted by Susie at Thu Aug 05 2004 15:56

I emailed you, did you get it? It didn't come back, but I sent it from work and I don't know if it does that like hotmail does.

Posted by rachel at Thu Aug 05 2004 19:46

wow my filling replacement was not nearly that exciting...


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