Crowning Achievement

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Illustartion for TIME by IAN EVANS

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002
Dental patients facing the prospect of having a crown fitted probably don't anticipate the experience with wholehearted enthusiasm. But their anguish levels might skyrocket if they knew what could happen if the implant—the artificial root that's put into the bone—is drilled into the wrong area. In the lower jaw, if it hits a nerve, a person's lower lip can become permanently numbed. In the upper jaw, there's the risk of the dentist drilling into the sinus cavity, damaging it. To the rescue comes med3D, a young German company using new software technology developed at the...