Functional Teeth via Implants

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get a tooth replaced, by an implant.

My sister and me have this genetic issue, where deciduous teeth (baby teeth) are not replaced by real teeth (I think it is called Hypodontia). Anyway, I just had one and dentists in Austria, during my childhood, told me it will be fine (since it was covered in Amalgam), until I grow up. So two years ago, at 23, I decided, I grew up and should figure this out.

I got the tooth out and started shopping for a good implant that would last (kind of like shopping for a car, asking for warranty and maintenance costs). However, my dentist in Austria told me, he won’t do it, since I am moving to Canada soon and they have “more experience there”.

After looking around a little here and talking to people, I found the dental practice of my choice and just did it.  15 minutes after my appointment started, I was out of there already, with a nice socket in my mouth. If you want to see my mouth right after the surgery, click here.

To cut a long story short, this socket in my mouth got me thinking about a functional tooth:

  • Sensors – Can I put some sensors in the crown that analyze calorie intake or report whatever can be analyzed by breath?
  • Energy –  My Smart Tooth could generate enough energy to run itself and sync with my computer via Bluetooth (funny, eh?) by just chewing, since there is a lot of energy anyway.
Way more research needs to be done on this. Imagine, having a tooth implant anyway, what it could be useful for.

English Idioms learned the hard way.

Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Do you know what “being half in the bag” means? I thought I did, until this happened …

First, if you know what it means, read on. If you don’t know, or just maybe know, read this! English is not my first language, so while living in an English speaking place, I do sometimes reuse phrases and idioms without double-checking them, since, to be honest, it is just not feasible, and works great most of the times.

Well this is how it worked out with “being half in the bag”.

During my first visit in Toronto (years ago) we were invited to a New Years Eve party at a friends place. When we arrived, the host opened the door in his bathrobe and said: “Thanks for coming over, I am already half in the bag so make yourself at home, I will be with you in five“.

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