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Aim: To assess the knowledge and awareness of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare and its applicability in dentistry among General and Specialist dentists of Gujarat.
Methodology: An online survey was conducted among 1000 randomly selected dental professionals registered in Gujarat State Dental Council. It consisted of 15 closed-ended validated questions. The survey gathered information regarding participants’ recognition of AI in Healthcare, their opinions on its applications, future implications, risk and barriers in the Indian Healthcare system. A gentle reminder was sent twice and after adequate responses, descriptive and inferential statistical analysis were carried out using SPSS V20 software.
Results: The concept of AI was familiar amongst 75.78% respondents. Majority of BDS and MDS felt that AI can be best used to prevent oral cancer however pediatric dentists opted AI for evaluating risk of caries (p=0.000). The use of AI as superior means was reported by Pediatric Dentists (37.5%) in assessing root anatomy and locating orifices while BDS and MDS selected AI in designing prosthesis. Chances of injuries and errors was selected as first risk by 67.8% and cost effectiveness and lack of infrastructure as the most common limiting factor (36.46%) by the studied sample.
Conclusion: Majority of the dentists were aware about the potential benefits of applying AI as a preventive, diagnostic and treatment tool in dental practice. Despite its numerous benefits, some of the most pressing uncertainties limiting its use were chances of errors and economic considerations.
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