AI improves detection of tooth decay

Artificial Intelligence

The dental industry has seen many advancements with support of state-of-art technology, research projects, and innovation. The future does look indeed bright but with new contributions and knowledge based on AI (Artificial Intelligence), it may be a lot brighter.

Artificial Intelligence is defined by Google as 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. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Given the areas in dentistry ripe for technological developments, AI has been taken advantage of to reap its full benefits. One such application is the use of AI of improving detection of tooth decay.

With the assistance of AI, problems due to human error are reduced and the speed of reviewing bitewing radiographs is greater. With such systems, it can be applied to highlight potential problem areas on radiographs and to educate patients on disease awareness and treatment. Dentistry AI, an AI platform which uses deep-learning, has the ability to perform this function. Deep learning is modeled after the human brain, using layered neural networks to enact decisions. It creates its own rules and improves through continuous training with additional data.

The use of AI has also been expanded in a form of new applications such as smart scheduling which helps dental clinics schedule appointments, maximizing productivity and reducing the burden on personnel. With smart patient communication, patients can interact by post-operative querying and gaining answers, perhaps being directed to the dentist if needed.