FDI shares vision for artificial intelligence in dental medicine

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FDI shares vision for artificial intelligence in dental medicine

A white paper published by FDI World Dental Federation outlines the need to establish standards and educational opportunities in order to safely and effectively utilise artificial intelligence across dentistry. (Image: Shutterstock/Willyam Bradberry)
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Dental Tribune International

Mon. 13. February 2023


GENEVA, Switzerland: Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to take dentistry into the future, according to FDI World Dental Federation. In a white paper released by the FDI AI Working Group, four domains of dentistry—public health, workforce planning, individual patient care, and education and research— are where AI can make a vital impact. By adhering to an additional four objectives, clinicians and other organisations invested in patient oral health will be able to make the most of AI in a safe and productive way.

The white paper defines AI as “machines performing intellectual tasks, which usually were assumed can only be performed by humans”. Because AI can both consolidate and evaluate large volumes of information almost instantly, it is capable of “learning” by identifying patterns in large datasets. This is especially valuable in dentistry, as research has shown that AI programs in some cases are able to detect signs of a variety of conditions even more accurately than trained clinicians. AI can also be used to intelligently design treatment solutions in orthodontics, endodontics, surgery and many other fields.

The white paper also discusses potential future issues with AI, including the need to use alternative review approaches beyond a traditional peer review when evaluating efficacy and applications. Being conscious of evaluation processes will be key for remaining cognisant of biases, limitations, risks and potential problems with the implementation and maintenance of AI in clinical settings.

The authors also call for vigilance in balancing data protection and the benefits of AI for helping individuals, and they support further research into technology promoting this balance. Clear benefit to patients, providers and healthcare systems should be actively prioritised, and further evidence should be found to demonstrate clear clinical applications. These goals can only be achieved through accessible education about AI to expand literacy on its applications and on how AI uses data.

The objectives include:

  • providing a definition of AI and outlining it for the professional community;
  • creating a system of clear cases and evidence of AI’s benefit to education, research and the delivery of oral healthcare systems;
  • designating areas where AI can be used to further FDI’s Vision 2030; and
  • coming together as a community to note risks and develop standards and best practices for working with AI.

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