How teledentistry, artificial intelligence grew in the dental industry in 2022

Artificial intelligence and teledentistry services expanded throughout the dental industry through new technology, company partnerships and innovative initiatives. 

Here are 21 ways the two services grew in dentistry this year: 

Note: This list is not exhaustive.

  1. Pearl partnered with several dental companies to expand use of its artificial intelligence technology, including Curve Dental, Dntl Bar, Risas Dental and Braces, SOTA Imaging, Midway Dental and Straine Dental Management.
  2. Overjet partnered with several dental companies to expand use of its artificial intelligence technology, including Platinum Dental Services, ProHEALTH Dental, Dental Whale, Coast Dental and Carestream Dental
  3. Henry Schein One, a joint venture of Henry Schein and Internet Brands, teamed up with dental artificial intelligence platform VideaHealth to launch an AI-enabled X-ray analysis tool.
  4. SmileDirectClub launched an artificial intelligence-guided platform that shows patients projected treatment outcomes. 
  5. Virtual Dental Care teamed up with Cigna to improve customer access to on-demand teledentistry services. 
  6. Southborough, Mass.-based New England Dental Group chose VideaHealth to provide its practices with chair-side Al technology.
  7. A "Dental Patient Trust & Technology Survey" conducted by Pearl in June showed 71 percent of patients were more likely to trust dentists using AI.
  8. Invisalign manufacturer Align Technology introduced an artificial intelligence-guided virtual care feature to streamline practice workflow. 
  9. Waltham, Mass.-based DSO 42 North Dental added VideaHealth's AI technology at its practices.
  10. In July, the Medicaid-Medicare-CHIP Services Dental Association and Overjet teamed up to create the first national Medicaid artificial intelligence dental program initiative.
  11. Orthodontics technology company Brius Technologies launched an AI-guided tooth straightening solution.
  12. Guardian Dental began offering virtual dental visits for emergency services through a partnership with 
  13. In May, Overjet received FDA 510(k) clearance for its artificial intelligence-powered cavity detection and outlining software, Caries Assist.
  14. The state of Maine recently launched a virtual dental service program to increase access to dental care for children.
  15. The TeleDentists launched the first integrated dental-medical platform in May. 
  16. MouthWatch integrated its teledentistry platform, TeleDent, with Henry Schein's Dentrix G6 and G7 practice management software.
  17. Pearl received FDA clearance in March for its Second Opinion software, the first in the world to read dental X-rays to identify oral health conditions.
  18. Overjet was granted a patent in February for software that uses artificial intelligence to measure distance and quantify disease in dental X-rays.
  19. Penn Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia added a teledentistry assessment platform and a series of educational videos to its teledentistry platform for patients with disabilities.
  20. Global financial services organization Sun Life partnered with to provide its members with virtual access to dental providers.
  21. Dentulu partnered with television consumer engagement company Independa to offer teledentistry services to patients through their TVs.

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