What Is Machine Learning And How It Is Used In Dentistry

Almost every one of us has received recommendations about shows to watch on Netflix. Interestingly, these recommendations can be highly accurate and specific. All of this is possible because of machine learning and neural networks. Moreover, AI is not only restrained to the entertainment industry, it’s also making its way into dentistry. Thus in this article, we shall discuss machine learning and how it is used in dentistry.

What are machine learning and AI?

Humans are unique because of their ability to learn and adapt. Meanwhile, until recently, machines couldn’t do any of that and operated according to fixed programs. However, the trend has begun to change as now machines have started to learn.

This became possible because of specific processing units dedicated to the task, known as NPUs (Neural Processing Units). Therefore, due to these units, machines can recognize patterns and develop relations between data. However, to achieve this, the machine is first trained. Training is either done under supervision or unsupervised. Now, we shall briefly explore the difference between them.

Supervised Teaching: This is done by providing hardware with inputs and matching output patterns. Therefore, using the provided data, the AI can detect patterns and build relations. Supervised teaching is performed by an external system, a human teacher, or the system itself.

Unsupervised Teaching: The system is plunged into a cluster of input signals. After feeding the data, the system uses algorithms that define how the output should be and then the system itself develops patterns of recognition.

Using these models, we can now make valuable predictions that can detect trends. When analyzing data, AI looks for variables that change output values. Consequently, scurrying through data sets, AI determines variables that cause massive shifts, variables that cause minimum shifts, and everything in between. Then using the result, AI drives an objective relation between inputs and outputs. In a nutshell, the more the data fed into the system, the better.

Consequently, due to the system’s ability to intricately handle massive data and make accurate predictions, it is used in pharmacy, predicting stock prices, or forecast the value of a real estate.

Machine Learning And Dentistry:

So how can we utilize these gifts of AI in the dental field? Using patients’ dental records and other data, AI can do the following:

1. In one of the recent implementations, dentists decided to use AI to connect toothache frequency and brushing habits. Hence, using the data provided, the AI produced an accurate model that helped dentists understand the causes of toothache better. Moreover, it enabled them to create awareness among their patients.

2. AI also aids dentists in their decision-making process. For example, to determine whether to perform a surgery or not? The process is quite the same as described previously. Dentists feed in data of patients that underwent surgery and those who didn’t. Then using the fed data, the system creates relations between the patients who underwent surgery and the symptoms they exhibit. Hence, using the result, the dentist can now deduce the suitable treatment for their patient.


AI can help dentists to make smarter decisions while providing invaluable insights to dentists. These results and predictions are pretty accurate, almost parallel to the ability of an experienced doctor. Nonetheless, AI is still in its initial stage but making swift progress. Until then, visit for Brookshire Smile Dental accurate diagnosis, or call us at 281-934-1010 for further inquiries.