Thomas T. Nguyen, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C) (thomas.nguyen@mcgill.ca) – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has experienced spectacular development and growth over the past two decades. With recent progress in digitized data acquisition, machine learning and computing infrastructure, AI applications are expanding into areas that were previously thought to be reserved for human experts. When applied to medicine and dentistry, AI has tremendous potential to improve patient care and revolutionize the health care field. In dentistry, AI is being investigated for a variety of purposes, specifically identification of normal and abnormal structures, diagnosis of diseases and prediction of treatment outcomes. This review describes some current and future applications of AI in dentistry.

What once seemed like science fiction is now becoming reality in health care. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a fast-moving technology that enables machines to perform tasks previously exclusive to humans.1 Advances in AI offer a glimpse of such health care benefits as decreasing postoperative complications, increasing quality of life, improving decision-making and decreasing the number of unnecessary procedures.2 

When applied to the fields of medicine and dentistry, AI can play a crucial role in improving diagnosis accuracy and revolutionizing care. AI is currently used for a variety of purposes in dentistry: identification of normal and abnormal structures, diagnosis of diseases and prediction of treatment outcomes. Furthermore, AI is used extensively in dental laboratories and is playing a growing role in dental education. The following review describes current and future applications of AI in the clinical practice of dentistry.

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