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Currently, one of the greatest advantages of AI is that it supports dental professionals in providing consistent diagnosis. (Image: maxuser/Shutterstock)
Jeremy Booth, Dental Tribune International

By Jeremy Booth, Dental Tribune International

Fri. 5. November 2021


BERLIN, Germany: Artificial intelligence (AI) is currently trending in dentistry, and key opinion leader and AI expert Dr Kyle Stanley says that the popularity that the technology is experiencing is warranted. Dr Stanley is inviting dental professionals to join a free live webinar on 9 November in which he will provide foundation knowledge of AI and its application in day-to-day patient care and practice management.

The benefits of AI technology are already being exploited in dental care: the technology is assisting dental teams in providing initial consultations, diagnoses and treatment planning, and it is being used to assist in surgical procedures and postoperative care and to support practice management software. Its integration into dentistry, however, is unlikely to stop there. “We can expect AI to touch every aspect of dentistry,” Dr Stanley told Dental Tribune International in an interview in September.

Dental teams need not be intimidated by the technology, however, and Dr Stanley emphasises that all dental professionals can benefit from using AI.

The focus of Dr Stanley’s webinar will be on providing an introduction to the technology and to the foundational knowledge behind its application in dental care. Focus will also be placed on maximising the benefits of AI in day-to-day patient care and practice management, and Dr Stanley will discuss how AI can support dental professionals in areas such as radiology and smile design and in the laboratory.

“We can expect AI to touch every aspect of dentistry”

The learning objectives of the webinar will include understanding the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of AI systems, discovering what kinds of AI tools are currently available and what their impacts are, and learning how best to leverage AI in daily practice in order to maximise patient health and practice revenue.

Dr. Kyle Stanley. (Image: Kyle Stanley)

Dr Stanley says that one of the greatest advantages of AI is that it supports dental professionals in providing consistent diagnosis. “[Even] the most experienced clinician is inconsistent—AI is not,” he commented in the interview. “Because a computer vision diagnostic system’s intelligence is so narrowly focused, its performance is unaffected by the preconceptions, bias or fatigue that affect even the most expert human radiologist. This makes them ideally suited to providing practitioners with chairside diagnostic second opinions—validation that delivers cascading benefits that have an impact on everything, including treatment planning, patient trust, insurance claim approvals and medical liability,” he explained.

When asked what dental teams could look forward to in the coming years regarding AI, Dr Stanley commented: “In the future, all diagnoses and treatment planning will be assisted with AI, but more importantly our treatment plans will become increasingly individualised. What this means is that two people with the same diagnosis could get different treatment plans based on their genetics, musculature, bacteria flora, bone density, tooth shape and any other input that we can measure. We can also expect to see AI helping to make dentistry more predictive and, therefore, more preventive.”

Dr Stanley’s webinar, titled “Using artificial intelligence in dentistry”, will be presented live on Tuesday, 9 November, at 7 p.m. CET. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to earn a continuing education credit by taking a quiz upon completion of the webinar.

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