A Curious Void

After reflecting on last weekend’s lecture with the pediatric dentists, it is still a bit of a shock to me that I am unable to find a convincing application of digital dentistry in that particular field. We often think of the encroachment of technology blanketing all that was old-fashioned and traditional, but the fact is that when it comes to multi-factorial biology, there is still a bit of a ways to go.

Whereas we can easily quantify structural dimensions, teeth displacement, and even shades of color using numeric parameters, soft-tissue response seems to be on different level, perhaps non-linear forms of expressions. Maybe instead of absolute numbers we can deal with relative figures? Or perhaps even a range denoting the maxima and the minima? Who knows…