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Dr. Parag Kachalia, DDS, doesn’t think artificial intelligence (AI) will decimate the dental industry—in fact, he sees this emerging technology as a major benefit to the field—and one that may enable more humanistic interaction in the long run. During a presentation at Seattle Study Club’s 2021 Symposium, Kachalia explained how AI can benefit practitioners and patients alike. Here’s what he had to say:
While AI and the human compassion that drives medicine may seem at odds with one another, Kachalia says there can be a beautiful symbiosis between the two.
“AI is not about winning games. It’s hopefully about improving the world,” he says.
When it comes to dental procedures, Kachalia explains, AI can help practitioners reduce the possibility of human error.
“What if we could be assisted by AI as we’re doing procedures, so we’re truly in control and accounting for all the variables?” he asks.
Kachalia explains that AI has enabled medical professionals to make incredible advancements in terms of COVID, including bringing FDA-approved vaccines to market in the U.S. in under a year. These remarkable technologies, one would reason, could help act as an extra set of eyes in a surgical theater or help diagnose dental anomalies in a more efficacious manner than a dentist could alone.