Solutions like DentalMonitoring’s AI-powered remote orthodontic tracking software allow you to monitor patients remotely, offering a host of benefits for the business side of your practice.
Artificial intelligence is changing dentistry for the better. As in many other industries, it’s opening up new possibilities and creating efficiencies, and the first area you’ll likely take notice is on the clinical side of your practice.
The technology allows clinicians to analyze tooth movement more accurately, calling out areas of interest. This makes it possible to catch problems you’d likely miss with the naked eye, leading to improved care and outcomes for your patients. AI serves as a second opinion for practitioners handling hundreds of cases, keeping information for every patient neatly organized and easy to access.
Through AI, you can automate treatment protocols and remotely observe patient progress. With this information, you can bring patients into the office when necessary—opening up time in your schedule to spend more time with patients, train staff, go to conventions, and market your practice.
Here’s a look at the six ways AI is impacting the business side of your practice, and the benefits that come with investing in remote orthodontic treatment tracking solutions like DentalMonitoring.
A closer look at the technology
DentalMonitoring’s AI is powered by the industry’s largest dental image database. More than 1 billion intraoral images have been scanned in, with the company continuing to have the highest acquisition rate of photos in the industry—and that’s key to AI technology.
The large image database makes it possible to create more robust algorithms and train the AI that powers the company’s various solutions, in turn enabling you to provide more precise care for a broad range of cases. You can detect and automate more than 130 observations, all with images taken by your patients with a smartphone in the comfort of their homes.
DentalMonitoring’s AI can analyze images and 3D files, estimate tooth movement and create photo-realistic simulations using a patient’s teeth. And it’s constantly getting better. The company’s global team of more than 170 developers, scientists, dentists and orthodontists continue to test, validate and train the AI to build new neural networks.
Improve patient accountability
Remote monitoring systems hold patients more accountable. They know they’ll be checking in with a scan every week, and that if they’re not compliant, the AI will catch it and send an alert to the patient, or to their parents if they’re a teenager. Many also like to see their progress and that they’re hitting certain milestones. They’re actually eager to do their weekly check-ins, and that makes them more likely to stay compliant throughout the entire treatment.
Become a better doctor
With the weekly remote monitoring the software provides, you see what a patient’s tooth movement is like much more often than if you were only seeing them in the office every four to six weeks. You and your team members learn a lot about how treatment progresses and can see your errors in treatment planning. You fail faster, which allows you to grow as a dentist. It holds you accountable and enables you to provide even better care and more predictable outcomes for your patients—often in less time.
Because practices that use AI-powered remote monitoring are more efficient, you don’t have to run from patient to patient, trying to keep up. You’ll have time to reinvest in your team and office culture. The flexible schedule also allows more time to take calls from referring clinicians, which is essential for marketing and building connections. Basically, you have more control over your day and more time to focus on fueling practice growth.
Of course, you don’t have to use the extra time to take on more cases. You may want to spend it with your family, enjoying a hobby, or attending CE. It’s up to you, and that’s the beauty of what the technology provides.
Patients love the convenience
When patients receive their aligners or braces, they’re told they’ll be notified when the AI scans show they need to be seen in-practice, whether because there’s a problem or it’s time to move to the next phase of treatment. There’s no need to set up recheck appointments, and patients love that. They don’t have to miss school or work just to be told everything looks good.
Your team members have more time, too
Because patients are scheduling through the app, team members don’t have to spend as much time on the phone. They’re able to focus more on the patients who are in the practice or shift their attention to other practice managerial tasks.