Artificial Intelligence And Other Tech Innovations Are Transforming Dentistry

May 31, 2019

If you’re like the majority of humans on the planet, going to the dentist isn’t on the top of your list of things to do for fun. But with artificial intelligence (AI) and new tech and innovative design, it might start to be a bit more intriguing. AI might not be able to do the actual brushing and flossing for you (yet), but it will certainly change your experience the next time you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair.

How AI is Altering Dentistry

From analyzing X-rays to documenting the results of your visit, artificial intelligence will be relied upon to make your dental appointment more efficient and to enhance your care.

Dentem created a platform that integrates machine learning APIs, including the ability to auto-populate tooth charting. It offers dental practices software services that synchronize appointments across all platforms and maintains all patients’ records electronically. They currently offer Dx Vision that uses machine learning to assess dental images for areas of concern and soon will offer D Assistant, a virtual assistant that will respond to a dentist’s voice commands.

As with other healthcare applications, artificial intelligence will be able to support dentists as a virtual second opinion when they determine a care plan. In the future, you might be able to expect customized dental care based on your genetic makeup or a dentist wearing smart glasses that not only protect them from your saliva but allows them to see your bone and dental root structure.

Changing Dental Insurance with Technology

Beam, a dental PPO insurance provider for small- and medium-sized companies, promises smarter dental care. Members of Beam receive all they need to take care of their teeth including a Beam Brush, toothpaste, refill heads and floss delivered to their doorstep with free shipping every six months. The brush records the time and frequency of the person’s brushing and then syncs that data with the company’s app. This data is used to determine premiums for dental insurance, so the better people brush, the lower the cost for the insurance. This new approach to dental care is touted as “the most innovative thing to happen to the dental insurance market, ever.”

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