January 19th, 2022 | Updated on January 23rd, 2023
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) making forays across all kinds of industries, can dentistry be far behind? In the last couple of years, AI has been revolutionizing the face of dentistry as we know it.
From ensuring better imaging to aiding in accurate diagnosis, the cutting-edge technology has made it all possible.
In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that AI has turned out to be the assistant that dentists always needed but never realized they did. On that note, here are the features to look out for when it comes to AI in dentistry.
Semantic Segmentation To Detect And Eliminate Dental Decay
Artificial intelligence in dentistry can help in detecting dental decay through techniques, such as semantic segmentation and object detection. The technology can be trained through the use of large image sets of labeled carious lesions.
After the completion of the training model, the algorithms can be fed raw data for identifying the lesions easily.
The right identification of the lesions is the key to diagnose tooth decay in time. Think of AI as a dentist’s assistant in better detection of cavities and tooth decay.
AI-powered Medical Imaging For Precise Diagnosis
The goal of medical imaging is capturing the abnormalities through machine learning techniques and image processing.
The areas of application can be further divided into other branches like the medical operation planning and the diagnosis of different diseases.
AI can be particularly helpful in the arena of radiology through image processing for precise detection of cancerous lesions. Moreover, the technology offered by top companies like tab32 aims to make AI powered radiology more accessible to the modern-day dentists.
Better Understanding Of Oral Pathology Through Computer-aided Diagnosis
Conventionally, dentists have recognized dental caries through the simplest visual inspection. As such, most people can relate to the common experience of lying down in a dentist’s chair and being poked around the teeth, while fearing that they are about to hear, “oh, there’s a cavity!”
However, recently AI-enabled computer-aided diagnosis and detection systems are making headways towards becoming a major part of dental clinics.
The systems are able to read cone-beam computed tomography and dental X-rays for any sign of oral pathology.
AI-enabled Planning For Orthodontics Treatment
Orthodontics needs a major amount of planning, and AI can be useful in optimizing the analytics to predict things like the potential requirement for extraction or the size of the unerupted tooth.
Now, orthodontists need to understand the right path for the teeth to enter and move in.
The AI algorithms can begin from a starting point and then target an endpoint to assess the right way for a tooth or group of teeth to reach the ultimate destination. At the end of the day, it saves a lot of time for the dental practitioners.
Making Endodontic Processes A Lot Easier Than Before
Anyone who has ever had a root canal has faced the endodontic processes.AI has applications to help the dentists detect the dreaded pathologies more effectively.
Typically, endodontists use the radiographic imagery to evaluate, examine, and measure the tooth and gum condition.
The AI models can look at the images to determine the tissue viability, measurements, structure, and even chance of the success of treatment for the hidden parts of the tooth.
Also, deep learning algorithms can classify, locate, and detect various aspects of root anatomy and other possible pathologies.
There is no denying that AI has already come a long way in aiding the world of dentistry. In fact, we are hopeful that it is going to go a lot farther in changing the way dentistry is practiced and perceived.
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