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Plasma tooth!

Marc Sanchez Dec 22, 2011

Ever gone to the dentist and wondered exactly how much this profession has really advanced since it began. Chipping away at somebody’s tooth with a hammer and chisel is about as close to Cro-Magnon as it gets. But wait, scientists at the University of Missouri have just come up with a new, painless way to fill cavities. The process involves a toothbrush that cleans the affected area and fills the cavity using plasma. And to top it all off, this new process promises to be painless and only take about 30 seconds. 30 seconds! What’s the catch?
Testing is underway, and pending approvals, we could be getting our teeth filled with plasma as early as 2013. Not only do us Cro-Mags get fire in this deal, but it’s like that fire comes rolling into town on a beautiful, round wheel.

“Old filings,” I’m forgetting you already.
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