My thinking about how artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will improve dentistry—even fundamentally revolutionize it—has broadened considerably over the past several years.
As Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, explained in his February 2019 Dental Economics op-ed article, “How artificial intelligence is shaping dentistry,” we are far from the Hollywood vision of AI-powered humanoid robots.1 However, a range of AI technologies is already in use today in the form of computer software. AI-powered software automates routine tasks that are typically completed by humans. Sophisticated AI technology platforms can learn to make insights and find patterns in complex systems and vast amounts of data. Computer vision AI in particular holds promise for health care, since it allows analysis of content in images with superhuman speed and precision.