|The body has no shortage of locations that are accessible for implantation of prosthetic devices, or electronic systems. However, one area is particularly attractive, as it involves minimal surgery, and no skin damage or scarring. This location? The mouth. The disadvantage of using the mouth as a place to anchor or hide devices, is that there is only one logical place to put them ? where the teeth currently sit.
In order to have any kind of cybertooth implant fitted ? whether that implant is to track GPS location, BlueTooth connect for wearable computers, hold flash memory, play MP3s, or dispense medication, the problem is the same. The patient has to surrender teeth to have an implant fitted - current models are the size of two conjoined molar teeth.
Certainly, the teeth are a very attractive place to augment - we have many materials stronger than enamel, that could give a more lasting bite against junk food and sugars, so we could use the space our natural teeth take up, for all manner of prosthetic implants.
However, there is still a big problem with tooth prosthetics - they cannot detect pressure thresholds, like natural teeth can, and so cannot tell when they are biting too hard, or slicing through one another.
Medicine Management via Bodypart
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dDrive: Bluetooth Tooth
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