Artificial intelligence has taken over many realms of our daily lives. With Colgate releasing its \u2018artificially intelligent\u2019 toothbrush, we sure are on some way to make the technology\u2019s use in dentistry as well. Here are some ways in which AI is and can potentially aid dentists and transform the oral health division of the health sector. \n\nNeed For AI In Dentistry\n\nLike many other fields, dentists also spend a lot of their valuable in time in doing monotonous tasks like going through reports and checking X-rays. They also have to sometimes spend time in scheduling appointments when they cannot accurately know how much time will be required for each appointment, beforehand. \n\nAI can be dentist assistants and help them in these areas and make their time and knowledge more productive than without an AI.\n\nWhere Can AI Be Applied In Dentistry\n\nAI is very well known for its ability to forecast. A dental practice management software called Dentem is already being used by dentists. It gathers the patient\u2019s genetic data and predicts whether a patient has strong teeth or not. A complete 3D scan of the patient can be done and the procedures needed for the treatment are automatically suggested by the AI.\n\nA technology like that of artificial intelligence would be very helpful if it is deployed to take care of the hundreds of records that the doctors preserve and help them segregate. An AI-based software called Evidentiae is helping with such a goal. It is a cloud-based software that has all the information from the patient history forms to the patient\u2019s risk. It is designed with an algorithm that gets its information from medical and dental histories as well as from charted exam findings to generate an overview of his dental health. It develops an extensive diagnostic opinion for periodontal concerns, biomechanical parameters, functional decision making and dentofacial alterations and provides dentists with the required documentation.\n\nDentistry.AI is a cloud-based, AI-powered technology for dental caries detection on bitewings X-rays. In a recently published study, they presented the results of a man versus machine caries detection challenge that pitted three practising dentists against Dentistry.AI in evaluating 500 bitewings. The machine outperformed the dentists in a parameter called \u2018sensitivity\u2019 in the challenge. Dentists won in \u2018precision\u2019, but the machine was a close competition to dentists in precision as well.\n\nOutlook\n\nResearchers are also working on AI which has been trained with some previous set of sample images from patients and learn how to develop technologies that can read dental images and results and then suggest the best possible diagnosis. \n\nVisualDx is a software used by clinicians and is a clinical decision support system software. It uses photographs or diagrams of medical conditions and classifies them as most to least likely. Similar software can also be used in dental healthcare.\n\nThere have also been technologies developing to automatically calculate where the braces are needed by the person or not. Not only this but things like how much pressure of the braces has to be applied to what places also have to be determined by AI. \n\nWith AI taking over healthcare, it is no surprise that is has taken over the dentistry department as well and we can now very well say that AI in dentistry is very real.