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Artificial intelligence in dentistry explored in latest CDA Journal collection

Articles review AI applications in orthodontics, endodontics, orthognathic surgery and more

June 13, 2023 1781
Artificial Intelligence Applications in Dentistry

In border top right: Journal California Dental Association

As dentistry continues to evolve and embrace technology, the use of artificial intelligence is becoming an increasingly important tool for improving patient outcomes and enhancing the delivery of dental care. 

The June collection of the Journal of the California Dental Association provides valuable insights into the latest advancements in AI technology and their potential impact on dentistry and dental professionals, while also inspiring new ideas and innovations in the field. 

Dentists have two opportunities to earn continuing education credits by reading one or two articles and successfully completing an online quiz. 

AI applications in orthodontics 

Orthodontic and remote monitoring companies are already using AI technology, making it essential that dentists are knowledgeable about the technology advances now available.  

“Artificial Intelligence Applications in Orthodontics” reviews the pioneering applications of AI in orthodontics, including 3D imaging techniques, cloud-based systems and AI tools for image segmentation, disease detection and landmark identification. 

The long-term goal of developing AI tools is to “validate the clinical performance of the automated toolkit procedures for automatic image quantification, and to make these methods available and generalizable to the larger orthodontic community,” the authors write. 

AI applications for radiographic detection of periodontal disease 

AI models have been developed to automate the detection of radiographic bone loss and the risk of developing periodontal disease and tooth loss. The systems can be useful for screening radiographic images for periodontal disease but require further development to accurately and reliably determine the risk of periodontal disease. 

Dentists can read a review of these models in “Artificial Intelligence Applications for the Radiographic Detection of Periodontal Disease: A Scoping Review” and can earn .5 units of C.E. by successfully completing an online quiz.  

Other articles in the June collection review the advancements and evolution of AI in endodontics; examine the trends and prospects of using AI in teeth reconstruction; provide a narrative review of digital tools and planning for use of AI in orthognathic surgery; and explore the opportunities and challenges of incorporating AI in dental education. Dentists can earn .5 units C.E. by reading “Innovating Dental Education with Artificial Intelligence” and successfully completing an online quiz. 

Guidance on following sales and use tax rules in the dental practice and a case study on the ethical and legal risks of audio and video recording in the dental office are also included. 

With the recent transition of the CDA Journal to a digital online platform for scholarly journals, dentists and others can easily read and share articles and even have an option to listen to them. Read the June Journal collection.  

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