AI can make your trip to the dentist more bearable
We all dread our visits to the dentist, we delay those trips to the last possible minute because, well, they’re never fun. All that however, is about to change thanks to artificial intelligence. AI has been developing in the recent few years, and it keeps paving its way into new fields and areas everyday; from automated computer games to having digital assistants to revolutionising the medical fields.
Recent AI applications and algorithms have made their way to the dental field as well. Through using 3d imaging techniques and AI applications in dental medicine, it boosted the developments and usage of AI in various clinical problems. Using AI has potential sources of data imaging and analysis for development of AI based systems which can produce automated diagnosis, prediction of outcomes and possible treatments. AI algorithms are proposed to some main applications; automated diagnosis of dental diseases, localising anatomical markings for orthodontic treatments and their planning.
Recognition of teeth and diagnosis of facial deformations can be done automatically by using AI based systems, they work on facial scanning, this particular field is very promising in the future as it holds the keys to many answers, researchers are predicting it to completely revolutionize the current methods of diagnosis and treatments, so they are doing comprehensive studies on understanding the current AI trends as to understand how they can be developed in dental imaging and 3D imaging.
Current AI models are being used for diagnosis and some clinical applications like automated localisation of craniofacial anatomical structures or detection of tumours, most of which depend on machine learning algorithms that were developed using 2D imaging. However, 2D images do have certain limitations , the images could be distorted or superimposed anatomical structures , that’s why they have lower accuracy. 3D imaging techniques are becoming more popular now and are becoming more increased in facial scanning systems and being more commonly used in dental practices. The imaging allows visualization and more accurate assessment of anatomical structures, so they provide higher diagnostic accuracy and precision. They also provide reliable soft issue images in 3D which can be applied for digital treatment planning systems.
So in the near future, you can just get those images taken and the algorithms could in fact determine your diagnosis and set a course of treatment for you, no more uncomfortable poking around your mouth. Wouldn’t that make those dentist visits more bearable? Or who knows, maybe someday we would be able to take those images from the comfort of our homes and just upload the data to the nearest dental practice!