It doesn't seem very likely that many people would have to go to the dentist at all. A dentist doesn't just replace teeth, he also looks after them. However, if the teeth self regenerate, it kinds puts him out the loop, no?
About the pharmacists, that's a ridiculous point. They're needed to give advice and such and in no way is any of their medicine going to replace doctors. Nanotechnology threatens all of that.
Come on! Would you trust a human doctor over an AI robot? If you do, that's completely irrational.
Then why can't dentists, doctors, and surgeons be there for the same exact reason you explained why pharmacists are still / will still be here?
As for trusting a human doctor over a robot; Ofcourse not! but regardless of their need there will still be surgeons (as an example, regarding the near future). Someone has to figure out what type of surgery is needed to be performed. Or where it is needed to be performed at / what the robot is looking for. Although the robot will probably be able to figure some of this out itself. I doubt that surgery will be 100% fully automated till the end of the century at earliest.
By 100% automated I mean from the moment you discover you need surgery, to the moment you make your appointment for surgery, until the moment you walk out of the surgery room and sign your bill, you do not encounter or talk to 1 human being. I Think the same thing can be said for dentists
Edited by Squillimy, 19 August 2013 - 07:12 PM.