AI-powered innovations that are transforming dentistry

Artificial Intelligence has been making breakthroughs in the health industry for many years and much of that development has been implemented in the field of dentistry.

It has been projected by healthcare experts that many things will change in dentistry in the next few years, especially when it comes to how technology will be used to improve current admin processes and dental procedures.

In the near future, consumers will view dental health in a different light, says Wow News. “You enter the bathroom, connect your smart toothbrush to your smartphone – and when you put the brush in your mouth, it scans your teeth. The images automatically get transferred to the Cloud and are scrutinised by artificial intelligence, which identifies a cavity in your aching tooth and a hairline crack in another molar. The scans and preliminary analysis are sent to your dentist, who then proceeds to contact you to schedule an appointment.”


What is AI?

In the field of computer science, artificial intelligence, sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans and other animals, explains Wikipedia.

The definition of artificial intelligence from the Oxford Dictionary is: “AI is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.”


So what does this mean?

No, this doesn’t mean that dentists will be replaced with equally capable robots, but there will definitely be improvements in the equipment, as well as new equipment being introduced.

Techspective explains that as algorithms advance to allow doctors to process the huge amounts of patient data they have collected over the years, more innovative procedures can be conducted. By processing patient data and data received from comprehensive studies from all around the world, smart-learning machines can essentially churn out more analysis of the risks and potential outcomes of certain procedures. This can also help dentists show their patients more accurate renderings of what they’d look like if they received a complete smile overhaul in the form of a total arch implant.

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