Dentists near me could see $1 billion worth of dental work being done by robots
More than 3,000 dentists in California are looking to use robots to automate their work, and a lot of that work will be automated through an artificial intelligence program.
The dentists that would benefit the most from these artificial intelligence programs, according to an analysis from the California Dental Association, are dentists with “critical and/or complex” tasks like filling cavities, removing plaque and cleaning up cavities.
Dental surgeons, who do a lot more of the routine procedures, will benefit the least.
There are about 3,500 dentists practicing in California, according the Dental Board of California.
Some dentists specialize in a specific procedure, such as removing plaque from a tooth, and others specialize in more general procedures like filling a cavity, filling a gingiva or applying a fillant.
To get the most value out of a robotic dental assistant, dentists should follow the recommendations of their own experts, according DBA president Tom Waddell.
“DBA is committed to using technology to help us make the best decisions for patients,” he said in a statement.
Dental assistants are currently a relatively new industry in the United States, with only about 5,000 full-time workers.
But Waddow believes the number of dentists using them will grow.
“There is a lot at stake.
We want to make sure that we’re getting the best value for our patients,” Waddill said.
The biggest obstacle dentists face is that robots have yet to be proven to work on their own, he said.
“When you see someone with a robotic toothbrush, they’re looking at the device, and they’re not looking at your hand.
They’re looking in the device,” Wendell said.DBA says it’s working with other organizations in the industry to help dentists figure out how best to implement robots into their workflows.
One such group, Dentiford, is working with a group of dentistry students at the University of Southern California to help develop robotic dental assistants.
The group also is working to make robots accessible to dentists who need them the most, including those in primary care settings.
Dentiford is using robots in its dental assistant program.
They can be programmed to help a patient by asking questions, helping with cleaning, helping a patient with brushing, and even assisting with dental tasks.
“It’s the ability to use technology and interact with patients that is really what our goal is with these robots,” said the company’s co-founder and CEO, Matthew A. Dolan.
“What we’re seeing with our dentists is they are not only helping with the oral health of their patients, but they are also helping to save the life of the patient.”
For more on the future of dental technology, check out Recode’s explainer.