The Transformation of Dentistry by Artificial Intelligence

While dentists maintain an important position in the realm of healthcare, from aiding in the diagnosis of oral related illnesses to protecting the youth and vigour of a wide population's teeth, artificial intelligence is necessary to bolster their efficiency and productivity. In fact, dentists are moving towards a more technologically based method of operation - with greater reliance on x-ray scanning, coded graphs, and documentation that display a patient's dental history. Thus, AI will fulfill this step the dentists are taking. Albeit it can not floss and brush teeth in the way dentists can, this capability will prove to be immensely vital in the future.

The prototype engineered for this usage is conveniently named Dentem. Dentem is a platform that incorporates machine learning APIs that are very versatile in the realm of teeth and dentistry - with abilities to analyse and identify the teeth in an individual's mouth. Furthermore, it has organisational strengths as well, as the software can organise appointments and meetings across all platforms while maintaining the records and information of each patient. Currently, Dentem offers "dX Vision" which is a different program incorporating machine learning abilities to assess dental images for areas of concern. In addition, Dentem will soon offer "D Assistant" which, in essence, is comparable to Alexa or Google Home. A talking dental assistant that aids dentists in their functions on-the-job.

Dentem functioning by identifying and scanning a patient's teeth.

Dentem functioning by identifying and scanning a patient's teeth.

Furthermore, Dentem shows a stark contrast from other artificial intelligence prototypes in that it can intelligently aid dentists in determining insurance and care plans - beyond the typical functions of work and duty. Dentem can serve as a second opinion for dentists struggling to make decisions for these plans by customising care for patients efficiently and safely. A dentist may be required to own smart glasses for a certain patient - or vice versa. Moreover, a patient may be assigned to a special dentist based on his or her genetic makeup, creating a more personalised approached for dental care rather than an undeveloped and unorganised mix-and-match.

Dentem also shares similarities with Beam - a dental PPO insurance provider for small companies that provides exemplary dental care. Patients that pursue the Beam plan are granted personalised items to take care of their teeth that vary depending on their dental history and radiography. Examples are advanced toothbrushes, toothpaste, refill heads and whitening strips. The advanced toothbrush and toothpaste are programmed technologically and are capable of transmitting information back to headquarters in Beam - such as the time and frequency of brushings, which spots in the mouth are most addressed when brushing, and the difference in force in areas of the teeth. This information is stored with Beam to further bolster their knowledge of their patients and aid them in continuing to provide patients with the most necessary and personal dental tools.

Thus, it is evident that dentistry is only bolstered by artificial intelligence rather than weakened. With artificial intelligence, the potential of dentistry may reach new heights to provide patients and customers with the most advanced care for their teeth possible. It may be logical to declare that current prevalent oral-related illnesses and infections, including calculus, cavities, and gingivitis will be countered and fought against by the growing balancing force of dentists and technology.

HealthcareYousef Khan