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Unlocking Efficiency in Implant Dentistry: Harnessing AI and Cutting-Edge Technology

The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is reshaping how implant dentists operate, unlocking unprecedented efficiency and precision in practice.

Traditionally, new technological advancements in dentistry aimed to streamline existing processes, enhancing efficiency without fundamentally altering workflows.

Take, for instance, the introduction of intraoral scanners, which accelerated impression-taking procedures, thereby enhancing patient experiences but maintaining the core processes intact.

However, AI represents a paradigm shift.

Its capacity to discern hidden patterns offers a deeper level of insight and analysis than previously possible. By deciphering intricate patterns, AI provides invaluable insights, predictions, and recommendations that can revolutionise the normal working day for dentists.

A prime example of AI's transformative potential lies in "navigational surgery," a departure from traditional "guided surgery." Here, AI-guided technology plays a pivotal role in complex treatment planning such as jaw reconstruction and dental implant placement. These advancements not only bolster the success rates of these procedures but also mitigate the risks of complications, marking a significant stride forward in implant dentistry.

Renowned dental implant surgeon and ADI member, Dr. Martin Wanendeya, recently discussed the history of technology in implant dentistry and the potential of AI to enhance operational efficiency.

Dr. Wanendeya identified five key areas where he believes AI is poised to make a profound impact: diagnosis, treatment planning, record-keeping, education, and marketing.

Amidst the media frenzy surrounding AI's disruptive potential, Dr. Wanendeya advocates for a collective understanding of its role, emphasising its capacity to drive positive change within the dental profession.

Dr. Wanendeya also underscored the importance of maximising already available technologies.

AI-driven diagnostic tools, powered by machine learning algorithms, hold immense promise in augmenting diagnostic accuracy and efficiency. By analysing a myriad of dental images, including X-rays and CT scans, these algorithms can expedite diagnosis, empowering dental professionals to deliver timely and precise interventions.

Amid high volumes of radiography, scans, and patient data, AI tools emerge as indispensable aids in data synthesis, facilitating swift and informed decision-making.

Even in overlooked areas like note-taking, AI-driven solutions like Kiroku prove transformative.

In the webinar, Dr. Wanendeya demonstrated Kiroku's latest feature, Docs, which seamlessly generates a variety of documents, from referral letters to consent forms, leveraging a dentist’s already written clinical notes.

Kiroku Docs can translate complex dental terminology into patient-friendly language, enhancing communication and patient comprehension as well as allowing the collection of electronic signatures for a smoother digital consent process.

According to Dr. Wanendeya, Kiroku Docs can generate personalised letters “that I would normally spend hours writing that are ready to go, making work in practice much smoother for me. That’s the magic of what it does - it buys me time.”

Indeed, AI technology heralds a new era in dentistry, redefining diagnostics and treatment planning. From early detection of oral health issues to personalised treatment regimens, AI empowers dental professionals to deliver superior care and elevate patient outcomes without adding time to their workflow.

As the integration of AI in dentistry continues to evolve, embracing these advancements becomes paramount. By harnessing AI's full potential, implant dentists can chart a course towards enhanced efficiency, precision, and patient satisfaction.

Take advantage of a discounted subscription with Kiroku, as well as ADI co-created Note and Docs templates, including some by Dr. Martin Wanendeya, when you use your ADI membership code to sign up for Kiroku. Find out more.

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