The University of Hong Kong reports that researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry have developed a generative AI algorithm that produces dental crowns. The team is led by Dr. James Tsoi, Associate Professor in Dental Materials Science.
The technology “uses a true three-dimensional (3D) deep learning approach, producing personalized dental crowns with high accuracy that mimic the morphology and match the materials required for the biomechanics of natural teeth. Biomechanical finite element analysis revealed that by using lithium silicate, the AI-designed crown can come very close to achieving the expected lifespan of natural teeth. In contrast, the two existing methods of designing dental crowns result in crowns that are either too large or too thin, and fall short of matching the same lifespan as natural teeth.”
The full results appear in the journal Dental Materials in an article titled “Morphology and mechanical performance of dental crown designed by 3D-DCGAN.”
Read more about the research from the University of Hong Kong.