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AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills

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Reviewing dental x-rays for signs of decay or disease.

Dental support organizations using artificial intelligence to analyze dental X-rays.


Dental support organizations (DSOs) are starting to use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze X-ray images and automate certain steps in common procedures.

The DSOs hope  these AI services will help standardize care across member clinics, and even help recruit new members by offering better treatment and savings.

For example, Aspen Dental Management, which provides support to more than 750 dentist-owned practices across 41 states, is testing the use of AI to analyze X-ray images find cavities and other health issues. In addition, the DSO plans to invest $2 million in AI and robotic process automation tools.

About 15% of the nation's 200,000 dental clinics currently belong to a DSO, but that share is expected to rise to as much as 30% by 2025.

From The Wall Street Journal
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