Dentists increasingly depend on AI to diagnose and prevent periodontitis, tooth decay, bone loss, and other problems related to gum health as its application in dentistry and medicine grows.
Even Alex Rodriguez, a former MLB star, recently came forward to say that he, too, suffers from periodontitis (gum disease), which affects just under half the adult population in the U.S., or roughly 65 million people.
It has now been announced that 90% of dental offices in the United States have access to the artificial intelligence platform developed by Boston-based medical technology firm VideaHealth.
The device analyzes X-ray pictures of patients using an algorithm trained on hundreds of millions of data points, which the business claims are more than 50 times the quantity of X-rays most dentists encounter throughout their lifetime.
X-ray analysis is utilized for diagnosis and treatment planning in conventional dental screenings, but he also noted that as much as half of tooth decay is ignored and as much as 30% is misdiagnosed.
Patients can benefit from the AI tool since it helps to prevent the progression of dental disorders such as cavities, abscesses, lesions, and oral illnesses. The dentist industry remains vigilant in its quest to make the public aware that periodontitis increases the chances of developing diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, and dementia.
AI can be “the great equalizer” since it can give the dentist and the patient an objective, data-driven perspective.
Dentists who utilize AI technology say that patients are more likely to get essential treatments rather than put them off because “with AI, findings are easier to explain to patients, and patients trust their dentists more.”
Dental experts agree that AI is essential for clinicians because the results are objective, allowing dentists to identify problems they might miss without it.
The percentage of patients who agree to undergo therapy has increased by 20% as well. They appreciate having a more transparent and objective view of their oral condition.