Throughout the history of invention, use has been the driving force, as well as the greatest paradox. There are, of course, inventions and discoveries that have been created or found entirely by accident, the likes of which are banged on and on about incessantly by smarty pants trying to look knowledgeable, whilst also using truly antiquated language and parlance and employing verbiage and overly complicated and pedantic multisyllabic speech register in a deplorable attempt to appear artificially erudite.

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Then there are also such things as those which while created for one purpose are also quite useful for something else. This happens all the time in medicine in which a drug for a particular malady or condition proves effective for another. Such was the case with Modofinal. Originally developed as a treatment for narcolepsy, it also showed great effect in treating the fatigue symptoms often associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

No exception: 3D printing

Modern inventions are no exception. Who would have ever thought, for example, that a medical painkiller, like Fentanyl, would be at the center of a national overdose crisis, it not being one of the products generally associated with the illegal drug trade and being somewhat difficult to get.

Or that GPS that could be used by jilted lovers to find their exes new address? There are also, potential, upsides to such discoveries, every invention created by human minds for human use being only as good or bad as those who create and use it.

One such example is the innovation of 3D printers and how 3D printing can be used in countless applications. For everyone making action figures of them selves and printing off working handguns and, potentially, sex dolls, there are those who print edible food, transplantable organs what is under discussion today. 3D printed teeth.

Wonderments and miracles

Like C.D. players and DVD players, 3D printers are no longer the domain of science labs and the play things of the super rich with their five to six-figure price tags. While not quite in every house and apartment yet, they are primed for a renaissance as prices and hardware shrink, as it has always been, as it will always be.

Among the things to be printed are crowns and full replacement teeth right up to full arch implant prosthesis. No fuss, no muss, no astronomical dental bills or rich, smarmy ass who does not know which street the ‘poor house’ is on tisking you for not measuring up to their insane standard.

And that’s the tooth

The technology for such home created miracles already exist and is getting more accessible all the time. The technology to regrow teeth is developing slowly but surely and is already available in weaker doses for between $100 and $300 dollars if one has the patience to use it. Despite the money and power in currently imbued in what would best be called the ‘dental lobby’, with increasingly cheap, soon to be cheaper, alternatives available, as happened with the so many industries before, dentistry must soon adapt or die.

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Trevor McNeil spent much of his childhood playing video-games on early-form personal computers back when the disks were literally floppy. He attended the University of Victoria, completing a degree in Social Science with a concentration in Technology In Society, while also writing for the campus newspaper. He has written articles for such diverse publications as Humanity Death Watch, PopMatters and Perfect Sound Forever. He is a veteran of numerous “watershed moments” in the history of technological development and firmly believes that Han shot first.

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