Artificial intelligence (AI) has made its way in virtually every industry. The idea that it will take over many human positions in businesses is becoming the consensus. Artificial intelligence is defined as the intelligence of machines. This contrasts with the naturally occurring intelligence of the human brain. Some skeptics are worried that it will come with a slew of consequences. But others are excited about the potential breakthroughs AI could provide. In a more unlikely field, it is already having game-changing effects. Dentistry is not often thought of as the health sector where the impossible happens. We often attribute life-saving medicine to new surgical procedures and efforts to find an end to cancer. But with AI, dentists have begun to improve the quality of life for many that struggle with oral disease.
Dental Mobile Applications
Nearly everything today has a mobile application. And every industry is starting to tap into the possibilities they can provide. Dentistry is no different. Recently, there has been a spike in dental apps.
One of the appeals of AI is its ability to process massive amounts of information. And far more efficiently than a human ever could. Computer brains can store large groups of data, analyze it, and sort it into different categories based on different metrics.
Oral Cancer Detection
Similar to cavity detection, AI has been put to work in the oral cancer field. Programs are being used to analyze oral cancer lesions. The hope is in improving early detection. Dentists can then begin treatment much sooner.
The computer could catch something the human eye may have missed. These programs can “learn” the markers of different types of legions. They can sort them into benign, malignant, and potentially malignant.
These computers can filter through sets of images and sort them more efficiently than a human. The projections for these breakthroughs are earlier detection and a higher quality of care for the patients.
So What’s Next?
As AI gets more intelligent, the possibilities for its applications in dentistry continue to grow. Diagnosing and early detection can become more accurate. Proper courses of treatment can be decided earlier. And recovery rates can increase. Consumer apps may also become more and more the norm. Smart toothbrushes and their apps may be a common find in every bathroom and mobile phone. While some are wary of AI’s presence in the medical field, the technology shows no sign of slowing down.
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