How Important is AI in Dentistry?

How Important is AI in Dentistry?

June 19, 2019 - Arminco Inc.

You might ask yourself, what is artificial intelligence or AI anyway? AI is not quite developed yet and not very similar to what we see in movies and television shows, but it is growing each day and is becoming more prevalent in our society.

In dentistry, AI is being used for different applications. For example, it is being used in voice commands, such as with DEXvoice by Simplifeye and DEXIS.

Through machine learning, which is enabling machines to use neural networks, physics, and statistics to find insights in data without being explicitly programmed to do so, MMG Fusion’s ChairFill can retrieve data from a dentist’s record, analyze it, and book appointments.

Computers are able to analyze large amounts of data and recognize patterns within the data. Scientists are already using this technology to detect caries. Dentistry.ai is one such company utilizing AI in this way to accurately identify carious lesions.

Ivoclar Vivadent has developed proprietary software to visualize the possibilities for your patients’ smiles in real time. This is one example of augmented reality (AR) being used in dentistry. According to a 2018 study published in Acta Odontologica Scandinavica titled Augmented Reality in Dentistry: A Current Perspective, AR will soon expand into “new applications of restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and endodontics.”

The founders of Dentistry.ai, Angam Parashar and Ankit Singh, predict that within 10 years, AI will become an inseparable part of dentistry.

Useful AI technologies on dentistry include:

  • Graphical processing units, which provide heavy computing power
  • The Internet of Things (IoT), which collects data from connected devices; examples include the Roomba and smart fridges
  • Advanced algorithms, which could one day predict rare events
  • Application processing interfaces (API), which is code that enables the adding of AI functionality to existing products

The main problem with AI is the insufficient and inaccurate data. Once this problem gets solved, we can continue to provide greater care to our patients.

Source: www.dentaleconomics.com
Photo by: Daniel Frank on Unsplash

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