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How Artificial Intelligence is Shaping Dentistry

Updated: Jul 17, 2019

CDC, Feb 1, 2019, Dental Economics

Summarized by: Collin Kwasnik

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not just for robots that want to take over the world, it is also currently being us ed in dentistry to help facilitate or improve certain applications. For example, MMG Fusion’s Chairfill software can analyze patient records, communicate with patients and even book appointments without any human involvement. The company is using computers to recognize certain patterns on radiographs to help facilitate caries detection and eventually other pathological findings. Also related to AI is augmented reality (AR), which is currently being used by Kapanu, a company bought by Ivoclar Vivadent, to help your patients visualize esthetic changes in real time to convey treatment plan options. AR is already common in implant procedures and is quickly expanding into restorative dentistry, orthodontics and endodontics. Experts believe that AI and AR will become much more common in dentistry within the next few years, to the point where it is the new norm.

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