There have been too many hot news recently. There used to be news about women in iron chains in Feng County. There are still a lot of problems that have not been solved. Yulin, Shaanxi immediately followed with news about women in iron cages. Worrying; on the soil of Ukraine, millions of people have been displaced by the war, and various opposing voices and positions on the Internet are torn apart.
There seems to be no pure land for news on the Internet, but the Winter Paralympics offer some comfort. If you keep paying attention to current affairs, your emotions will be like a roller coaster, going up and down, and it is easy to get angry.
In addition to oral ulcers, getting angry can also easily lead to toothache. If you have not experienced toothache so far, you are really lucky. The feeling of a toothache is not fun at all. It can even feel like being drilled into the head when it hurts seriously. Humans have similar joys and sorrows when it comes to toothache.
Going to the hospital to see a dentist also requires some psychological construction. For most people, going to the dentist is a bit of a conflict or even a feeling of fear. The experience of seeing the teeth did not seem to be comfortable. Before, relatives went to extract wisdom teeth. Because the mouth is small, there is not much room for manipulation, and the mouth is cracked, not to mention the process of wisdom tooth extraction.
When will dental care be brought up without fear of headaches? Can AI technology optimize dental diagnosis and treatment?
A mountain of unbalanced supply and demand
If you go to the hospital, it is always overcrowded. Our medical resources are notoriously tight. When to go, there is always a hustle and bustle, and the supply and demand of medical resources are seriously out of balance. In the field of oral cavity, this phenomenon is magnified even more.
According to the "2019 White Paper on Dietary Habits and Oral Health" released by CBNData, Alibaba Health and Yunnan Baiyao on August 22, 2019, the number of dental visits in my country reached 300 million in 2018. However, the number of doctors and patients matched by each stomatologist in my country is about 2542.37.
According to institutional statistics, in 2020, the total number of practicing (assistant) physicians in stomatology in my country was 278,000, of which the number of practicing stomatology physicians accounted for 221,000, or 89.0% of the total number of practicing (assistant) physicians. According to data estimates, in 2021, the total number of practicing (assistant) physicians in the stomatology department in my country will be about 307,000.
Behind the huge incremental demand, there are also increasingly fierce contradictions between supply and demand and industry pain points: the dental industry as a whole has problems such as high morbidity, low consultation rate, low ratio of scarce dentists, uneven medical level, etc. The treatment cycle is long, and the patient The experience needs to be improved urgently, but the supply of dental medical resources is seriously insufficient.
In order to alleviate the imbalance between supply and demand, hospitals have increased their efforts to continue investing in digitalization and telemedicine. We know that the application of AI technology in the medical field is the most common application of medical imaging and virtual assistants. AI such as medical big data, health management, drug research and development, and preparation can also be empowered. In the field of oral medicine, AI can be applied to the whole process of oral disease prevention, screening, auxiliary diagnosis, treatment plan design, and patient follow-up.
The dental medical field is rich in a large amount of dental X-ray image data, which is easy to be anonymized. It is very valuable in the development of dental AI radiation training system and facilitates the intervention of AI technology. And for dentists, there are no well-trained radiology technicians like other internal medicine and specialist doctors. The image analysis of oral AI can be used as an assistant with high accuracy comparable to humans, becoming the second pair of eyes for dentists. .
In terms of nursing, AI can also help dentists improve the standard of care and the effect of treatment, which can not only improve efficiency, but also bring a better experience to patients. AI digital empowerment in the dental field has become a new window for comfortable diagnosis and treatment. In the process of oral diagnosis and treatment, AI can participate in almost the whole process.
The shovel of AI: full-cycle diagnosis and treatment of serial dental domains
Oral medicine mainly includes oral surgery (tooth extraction, dental implants, etc.), oral medicine (disease, periodontal disease, etc.), prosthodontics (cast metal crowns, porcelain crowns, etc.), orthodontics (various dentitions, etc.) correction, etc.). The space where AI can make a difference is also within these boundaries. In a nutshell, the utility of AI is a key link in assisting decision-making.
In the field of oral medicine, the most widely used AI is also related to image reading detection. In the case of dental caries with the highest prevalence, traditional diagnosis relies on X-rays and direct intraoral examination to detect occlusal caries. However, potential caries such as dental caries, interim caries and root surface caries at the root of the teeth are difficult to find and easy to miss. The AI model that assists dental caries detection can replace doctors to perform accurate caries detection on dental tablets. This special AI model is more sensitive to caries plaque than human limited vision.
Of course, in addition to local special readings, AI also makes a difference in the identification of overall oral problems.
After the dentist uploads the dental panorama, the AI system can identify the key structures in the panorama and dozens of oral problems that the patient may have, and automatically generate a detailed and personalized oral health report for the patient. At the same time, for the future development of dental diseases, the development trend of future diseases can also be deduced through digital modeling. Patients can intuitively and deeply understand their own oral problems, and improve the rate of consultation and loss.
In terms of oral surgical treatment, whether it is implantation or surgical treatment, digital surgical design, as well as preoperative digital three-dimensional scanning, imaging data acquisition and diagnostic analysis can be carried out. Obtain comprehensive data on the jaw and soft tissue of the surgical site through preoperative 3D reconstruction, assist in designing and formulating treatment plans, designing and making surgical guides or using real-time navigation during surgery, which not only improves the accuracy of dental surgery, but also reduces surgical trauma and shortens surgery. time.
In terms of dental beauty, the orthodontist quickly and accurately captures the interactive 3D image of the teeth in the patient's mouth through the scanner, and simulates the 3D animation according to the generated tooth movement. The orthodontic AI system algorithm can accurately calculate the required application for each tooth movement. It can ensure that the most suitable and scientific orthodontic plan is determined according to the data input by the doctor, and the teeth are adjusted in the correct order.
From the design of scanning equipment and AI cloud orthodontic solutions in the early stage, to the intelligent production in the later stage, the whole cycle of orthodontic treatment can be completely covered.
For the diagnosis and treatment of different dental fields, there are different AI system algorithms supported. These algorithms are based on the scanning accumulation of millions of user data and oral point clouds. During production, AI models can also be imported for design and manufacturing.
In the field of stomatology, AI covers all aspects, connecting the full-cycle diagnosis and treatment of non-standard products, greatly improving the efficiency and experience of medical treatment. In actual clinical use, dental hospitals and chain dental clinics have begun to introduce AI advanced systems.
National Oral AI Guard
Different from the traditional medical track, the oral field has the dual attributes of medical treatment and consumption, and its market segment is relatively complex, far exceeding other industries, and the industry has natural barriers. This also makes for fewer players to participate, unlike AI medical that is highly competitive in other fields. On the AI dentist track, the main players involved are startups, including Weiyun Artificial Intelligence, DeepCare Kale, and Frequency State Technology.
These startups aim at the gold mines in the dental field, and use AI shovels to mine rich mines. The main customers include traditional dental institutions, emerging dental rookies and public hospitals. These powerful enterprises and hospitals invest a lot of money and manpower in research and development every year, and there is a strong growth demand for technological empowerment in the dental field.
At present, the clinics and hospitals in China that have the conditions to upgrade have access to AI dentists. According to the public information of the startup DeepCare, its product "AI Dentist" has been applied in more than 2,000 oral medical institutions in many countries and regions. Weiyun AI's AI invisible aligners also cover 20,000 clinics.
However, in general, there are too few players who have entered the AI dental industry to make waves. Compared with the maturity of the dental diagnosis and treatment system in European and American countries, we are still relatively backward. Our oral medical field is a dual-track system, both public and private, and because dentistry is a completely non-standardized category, the oral field includes two major dimensions of health and medical aesthetics. There are many types of industry segments, and the threshold is high and complex. . In the industry structure of digital dentistry, it is difficult for a single point of innovation to support the closed loop of the entire industry chain. This is also one of the main reasons for the relatively slow development of the industry at present.
The competition of digital AI dentists is multi-dimensional. It is not only a competition at the level of core technical barriers, but also has high requirements for quality, cost, efficiency, and service. The premise of scale (delivery ability) is multi-dimensional collective ascension, and it is difficult to break through the technical dimension of a single point.
Take the polymer materials for orthodontics in the oral field as an example, which needs to be covered in multiple dimensions in terms of elasticity, tear resistance, and stain resistance, so as to ensure the efficiency of orthodontic treatment to make patients more comfortable to wear. The upgrade of materials needs to remain at the forefront of the industry. Otherwise, no matter how good the AI equipment and model are, a makeshift corrector can span the entire consumer experience.
The field of AI dentistry not only requires the accumulation of professional medical technology, but also has high requirements for new AI technology, equipment, ring materials and channels. The development of the industry and the establishment of the moat of the enterprise need to smooth these key elements, and the large-scale delivery can be realized.
In the long run, the business scenario of AI dentists still has a lot of room for development. AI dentists can be widely used in oral medical institutions as a screening, diagnosis and treatment tool, and can also be used as an underwriting verification for reviewing information and risk warnings. Compensation tool, the channel for business transformation is smooth.
Under the background of population aging and the improvement of oral health and medical aesthetic awareness, the upgrading of the oral service industry is the general trend. The upgrading of precision diagnosis and treatment technology, the refinement of service models, and the innovation of management methods have become the rigid needs of the intelligent oral era. The value of AI lies in its smooth and silent universality and well-being.
When the non-standardized category of oral medical care, empowered by AI technology, has the ability to be industrialized on a large scale, it will reshape the oral field.
It not only balances medical resources, but also brings precision medicine and comfortable experience to patients, allowing doctors to return to medical treatment itself, and more importantly, it can reduce costs, which also makes expensive dental care accessible to the general public, and the oral health of the whole people is guaranteed. .