The linked article is amazing.
In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years.
It does not appear to have a direct dental application; however, it is off beat enough to be interesting and provides a tantalizing look at the power of distributed computing. It is this same kind of power which will be used in the future to diagnose and treatment plan on a regular basis. Distributed computing will be used to solve all kinds of problems which simply cannot be addressed by even the most brilliant researcher working in a lab surrounded by a cadre of other brilliant researchers. The wisdom of crowds has never been harnessed in this way before. More