The dentist has the coolest device--a digital x-ray machine. It works with 1/10th the radiation of a regular x-ray, and you get instant gratification on the laptop screen (Dell, running XP, boo hiss). The resolution isn't quite as good, but you can do colour tricks and so on to get more from the pixels you do have. He said he'd been using the technology for six years, which amazed me--I didn't realize consumer PC hardware imaging technology was capable of that in 1996.
I asked if there were plans for a 3D imaging system, but he pointed out that the surrounding teeth greatly complicate this. No doubt there are people working on it, though. It can only be a matter of time before he has a projection TV and you can take a fly-through of a 3D representation of your tooth. Then I can be motion-sick as well as scared shitless of the pain!
Speaking of pain--no pain. Drugs good. Lots of local anaesthetic. I have a prescription for Vicodin (mmm, Vicodin) but the theory is that Advil should suffice. We'll see about that