Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Designing Dental Restorations with Artificial Intelligence

 Today’s post won’t be very long, but that’s because I’m going to provide a link that will be much more informative on the subject than I can currently deliver.  As many of you know, my January 2023 “Technology Evangelist” column in Dental Products Report declared 2023 as the “Year of AI in Dentistry”.  Sometimes you get lucky with a prediction and I’m feeling this happened to me in January.  That’s because, while I was confident AI would make some serious in-roads in the profession this year, there has been even more progress than I hoped for.

Hence we have today’s post.  One of the big ways we are going to see AI rapidly improve the profession is in the design of restorations.  The past 10 years have seen tremendous advancements in what software can do to drive 3D printers and mills.  However, all of those advancements have also required a human to power the software as the “brain”.

Now we are seeing AI driven programs that can learn from the patient’s intraoral scan and then design phenomenal restorations through machine learning.  There are already programs that can do this and we are going to see more in the near future.  Add in the fact that these systems are only going to get better and we are poised at the edge of an incredible advancement for in office milling.  I can hardly wait to mill a crown on our DGSHAPE DWX-42W mill that no human hand or brain has come in contact with.

If you want to see and learn more about where this is all headed, follow this link to a great article from Glidewell.

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