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Remote robotic dentistry could bring care to isolated communities

Jillian Linder, Kara Huse and Chad Carpenter, D.D.S., pictured with their prototype.

This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

A rural dentist is teaming up with students at South Dakota Mines to create a robotic prototype that could bring dental surgery to underserved areas.

Chad Carpenter, D.D.S., is a Rapid City dentist who serves communities nestled in the Black Hills. Because dentists there are few and far between, it can be challenging to bring access to good dental care—especially surgery—to these South Dakotans.

That's a problem Dr. Carpenter is trying to tackle with the help of biomedical engineering students like Jillian Linder and Kara Huse.

They join In the Moment to discuss how the prototype works and how it could give rural South Dakotans more beautiful smiles.

Jackie is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls Studio.
Ari Jungemann is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.