Monday, April 07, 2014

People sometimes get tooth implants to replace missing or decayed teeth. Currently they're milled or 3d printed. But I think we could do much more. Why not put bluetooth into your tooth? We'd get:

  • Speaker so that you could listen to tunes streamed from your phone.
  • Microphone attached to the bone so that you could make phone calls without nearby people overhearing what you say.
  • Sensors to measure and report the status of your mouth. Real time graphs of saliva, food, and dental bacteria can be sent to your phone, like a Fitbit for your mouth.

It'll finally turn the "tooth fillings pick up radio signals" myth into reality. Would you get one? I would!

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2 comments:

zimzat.com wrote at Monday, April 7, 2014 at 2:40:00 PM PDT

The downside to something like this is the work involved in maintenance of the electronics and sensors. Teeth are involved in a lot of motion, impact, and pressure as part of normal wear-and-tear. Anything put in a tooth as part of electronics would have to take that into account or the user would have to go in regularly to get the device repair, readjusted, or replaced as the device failed. Another concern would be radiation and power leakage; anything used to power the device would have to be bio-consumable in case the tooth was swallowed or the container broke and leaked. This alone would increase risk of injury.

It's an interesting idea, but I'd want to see the specifications and safety testing before I put something like that in my mouth.

Anonymous wrote at Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 5:26:00 PM PDT

The health effects of electromagnetic radiation are not well understood. Not even at the micro-organism level.