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Case of impacted Canines created with Cephx AI algorithms

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Case of impacted Canines created with Cephx AI algorithms

Dr. Yassin Messaoudi (Specialist Orthodontist).

This case illustrates the contribution of the 3D segmentation technology (segmented STL of CBCT performed by the CephX AI algorithm), to manage impacted canines.

A 15 years old patient at the first consultation


A CBCT was performed to clarify the anatomic situation of 23, and to search for any root resorption of 21-22.




Together with the surgeon it was decided to go for uncovering and autonomous eruption technic introduced by Dr. Kokich.
The Cephx AI software is very promising for quick global overview of the situation.




  • Dr Messaoudi has no conflict of interest
  • Dr Yassin Messaoudi, Specialist Orthodontist.
  • Research and teaching Fellow – Univ. of Geneva / Ex-Assistant Professor – Lyon 1 Univ. / Former resident of Lyon Hospitals / Certificate of Special Clinical Studies in Orthodontics – CECSMO / Certificate of Advanced Studies in Dentistry – AEA / Postgraduate diploma in Head & Neck Oncology / University certificate in Implantology / European young speaker contest award – FEO


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AI Will Not Revolutionize Dentistry Until We Fix Our Data

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We are on the cusp of a dental technology revolution. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have the potential to improve oral health for everyone. However, if we want to see these technologies reach their full potential, we need to address data quality issues first. Tackling challenges with proper data collection and annotation are a stepping stone toward revolutionizing the profession in more ways than we know. By improving said data collection and annotation processes, we can enable AI to do amazing things for dentistry and improve the lives of all people who rely on it. 

The Current Role of AI in Dentistry

There is no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming dentistry. From diagnosis and treatment planning to dental lab workflows, AI is making dentistry more efficient and accurate. For example, AI-based smile design tools can now create a 3D model of a patient’s teeth that can be used to plan orthodontic treatment or tooth whitening. In addition, AI is being used to develop more effective and customized dental prosthetics. With AI, dentists can now create highly realistic dentures, crowns, and bridges that better match a patient’s natural teeth. Dentists can also use AI to detect cavities and other problems at an early stage, which can help prevent more serious issues down the road. As dentistry continues to evolve, it is clear that AI will play an increasingly important role.

The Obstacle to Progress

There is one major obstacle that AI must overcome before it can truly revolutionize dentistry: the lack of quality data. In order for AI to be effective, it needs large amounts of high-quality data to learn from. Unfortunately, this is something that dentistry lacks. The vast majority of dental data is unstructured, unorganized, and unstandardized, making it difficult for AI algorithms to learn from. This problem is compounded by the fact that dental data is spread across a wide variety of silos and is protected by endless internal privacy policies, making it even harder to access and use. And, let’s not forget that much of the dental data that exists today is manually recorded, sometimes even by hand, which makes it hard to understand and digitize.

If we want AI to truly transform dentistry, we need to fix our data problem. We need to find a way to collect and store dental data in a way that makes it easy for AI algorithms to learn from. We also need to find a way to share this data with other dentists and scientists so that they can benefit from it as well. Only then will we be able to realize the full potential of AI in dentistry.

The Fix

As we have established, dentistry has long been a data-driven profession, relying on dentists to manually record and document patient information. However, the quality of dental data has long been an issue, due in part to the lack of standardization in dentistry. This has led to a number of problems, including duplicate records, incorrect or missing data, and other errors.

Ironically, the most effective way to help AI revolutionize dentistry is to use even more AI to improve the quality of dental data, which can be used to automatically record and document patient information, eliminating the need for manual data entry. AI can also help to identify errors in dental data and correct them automatically. In addition, AI can be used to standardize and encrypt dental data, making it easier to share and compare records between dentists. As a result, AI holds great promise for improving the quality of dental data. That is if we use it to its full potential.

The Future of AI in Dentistry

Unlike many other fields, dentistry is one of the few professions that has not been deeply impacted by artificial intelligence (AI). However, this may soon change — if we improve the data collection and annotation obstacles, of course. AI is becoming increasingly good at analyzing data, and dentists generate a lot of data. Every time a dentist sees a patient, they take X-rays, chart the teeth, and make notes on the treatment. This data can be used to train AI algorithms to spot patterns and predict outcomes. In the future, AI may be used to diagnose dental problems, plan treatments, and even carry out procedures. Of course, dentists will still be needed to supervise AI-assisted dentistry and provide care for patients. But as AI gets better at handling routine tasks, dentists will have more time to focus on complex cases and research. Ultimately, AI has the potential to transform dentistry for the better, making it more efficient and effective. But, as we have seen, this will only be possible if we fix our data problem first.

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ORCA Dental AI Recognized For Its Technology In A Recent Academic Paper

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A recent paper by Dr. Yo-Wei Chen, DDS MSC, Dr. Kyle Stanley DDS, Prof Wael Att, DDS, and Dr. Med Dent, PHD, published by Quintessenze, review AI in dentistry – starting from its definition, through its potential roll, and reviewing currently active companies in this field. The paper reviews solution such as automatic caries detection, 3D anatomy segmentation, pathology detection, treatment plan suggestions and more – all based on machine learning and AI technologies. These are all applicable for general dentistry, as well Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and other.

ORCA Dental AI is being recognized as one of the market leaders, with its unique 2D and 3D technologies for image analysis, pathology recognition and anatomy segmentation.

Download the full paper from here

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Diagnosis and Treatment plan of Maxillary Impacted canines using CBCT DICOM data.

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Dr. Laura Nicolas
Dr. Alberto Teramoto

Department of Orthodontics. Universidad Latinoamericana Mexico City, Mexico.


There is no doubt that resolving impacted teeth is very difficult with an inadequate treatment plan which lacks all necessary information. Moreover, it’s vital to know where impacted teeth are located and more importantly, what their relationship is to other teeth, roots and even the mandibular nerve.

After the third molars, maxillary canines have the highest frequency of impacted localization, with a prevalence ranging from 1% to 3% (1-4), and it is more frequent in female patients than male with a ratio of 2:1 (5). If surgical treatment is necessary, it requires a great deal of time and is a challenge to treat without the right information. This is why the accurate location of impacted maxillary canines is so crucial when deciding whether to treat orthodontically or with surgical intervention.

During our daily practice, the first radiographic image usually taken to support the clinical examination is the panoramic radiograph, and sometimes in order to have a better localization of impacted teeth, we can improve diagnosis by combining two or more bi-dimensional images such as: occlusal and periapical, which allow the localization of impacted canines, treatment planning, and evaluation of the treatment result.

Importance of CBCT

It is well known that the accuracy of these two-dimensional radiographic techniques is severely limited, increasing the risk of error. By adding a third dimension to the radiographic information, clinicians can improve diagnostic accuracy and treatment efficacy – using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), clinicians can take advantage of 3D information provided by a low radiation dose, and at relatively low costs. CBCT provides information that is not revealed through traditional radiographic analysis, and is therefore recommended in cases of impacted teeth or craniofacial structural irregularities.

Although we have all these 3D images sometimes they are not enough, CBCT data offers much more than what we are able to use for imaging. DICOM data can also be used for segmentation, a process that separates structures of interest from the background and from each other, and for which a number of algorithms have been developed in image processing. Segmentation of an object is achieved either by identifying all pixels or voxels that belong to the object, or by locating those that form its boundary. Segmenting teeth is not an easy task. The following problems may arise when segmenting teeth from CBCT images:

1) DICOM data is acquired in upper-lower jaw in occlusion, so it is difficult to distinguish a tooth from its neighboring teeth along their occlusal surface due to the lack of gray-scale value changes.

2) It is also hard to separate a tooth from alveolar bone by similar densities.

3) Often, teeth possess similar shapes, making it difficult to identify different tooth types.

While there are many open source tools available for performing segmentation procedures, obtaining good quality segmentation takes time and requires a long learning curve.

Using artificial intelligence technology, Orca Dental AI created a unique system in a 3D controllable STL format that includes not only teeth segmentation but also cephalometric and airway volume calculations, which make this process more comprehensive, easy to use and completely informative in disclosing all the impacted relationships.

To aid in an improved diagnostic approach and improve treatment outcomes, Data Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) files of the CBCT can also be converted into a 3D model using a 3D printer (Zenith D DENTIS Co. LTD). Therefore, this tool is very useful to visualize and be able to feel 3D conditions of teeth that are on the verge of falling out, since this process offers an extra diagnostic dimension. When analyzing this data, we can decide which is the best treatment plan, and for example decide if an orthodontic treatment to align an ectopic canine is better than a surgical procedure because ectopic canines are hard to align.


Case 1

Since the root of the impacted canine is located close to the vestibular side, when the first premolar is extracted, the canine can easily be moved into its ideal position. (Fig.1 a-h)


Case 2

Due to the horizontal position of the right impacted canine, surgical options are clearly the best solution. (Fig.2 a-f).


The use of CBCT in clinical practice can be for a variety of clinical problems, including impacted teeth, craniofacial anomalies, TMJ analysis, and analysis of the upper airway.

Combining CBCT images with 3D segmentations impressions and videos enables a better diagnosis and helps to decide whether to treat these cases orthodontically or surgically.

Special thanks

Orca Dental AI for providing segmentation, video analysis, and cephalometric analysis.

Ideas Dentales Mexico for printing  3D models.

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ORCA Dental AI Announces the Appointment of Mr. Chen Porat as VP Sales

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ORCA Dental AI, the leading dental AI solutions provider, today announcedthe appointment of Mr. Chen Porat as VP Sales.

The move follows an extensive period of continuous growth and increasing market demand for the company’s new AI software products.

Mr. Porat joins us with over 8 years of sales management in the dental market, and extensive experience in working with key players and opinion leaders in the field.

In his previous position, Mr. Porat managed the US subsidiary of a leading dental implant company. In his role, he helped develop the company into a substantial market player by setting up a sales team, a marketing strategy, as well as an infrastructure that supported rapid growth.

As VP of sales, Mr. Porat will lead the ORCA Dental AI global sales team to establish a global network of resellers and agents and support continuous growth.

“Since the release of our latest dental AI software, we’ve been experiencing accelerated growth and increasing demand from potential resellers and agents that recognized the business potential we can deliver,” said Shlomi Avigdor, Co-founder and CEO of ORCA Dental AI. “Chen’s proven experience in dental sales management will help Orca execute its ambitious growth plans for 2020 and we’re thrilled to have him join the team.

About ORCA Dental AI

ORCA’s AI and deep learning solutions allow automated and accurate interpretations of dental imagery. The company’s technology helps dental practitioners to improve office efficiency and productivity, save time and energy, and to reduce medico-legal risk.

ORCA envisions a world where its highly sophisticated capabilities will immediately and seamlessly provide diagnostics, visual treatment suggestions and pathology findings. The solutions cover all types of dental imagery namely X-rays, CTs and intraoral scans.

ORCA aims to provide services to the entire dental ecosystem including Orthodontists, GPs and Prosthodontists. ORCA has partnered with the leading dental imaging manufacturers and top market players across the entire dental value chain, including Dentsply Sirona, Cefla, and Planmeca.

For more information about ORCA’s advanced solutions, visit

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