Five-Handed Dentistry™

Five-handed dentistry is simply adding the Ai hand to the good old four-handed dentistry concept. Ai not only saves a lot of time for the dentist by doing immediate diagnosis and charting it could also play a substantial role in patient education and accurate data anlysis for clinic management.

Prior to the 1960s, dentists handled every tool and procedure by themselves. Typically there was just the patient and the dentist in the treatment room. In the 1960s, researchers at the University of Alabama introduced a second person in the treatment room to help dentists with their procedures. This led to the development of the four-handed dentistry concept, which revolutionized dentistry ever since. 

 

“Four-handed dentistry is a team concept where highly skilled individuals work together in an ergonomically designed environment to improve productivity of the dental team, improve the quality of care for dental patients while protecting the physical well-being of the operating team.”*

 

Over 60 years post introduction of four-handed dentistry, we are now in the era of artificial intelligence revolutionizing every aspect of our lives. Although there have been advances in tools and technology that we use in the office these days (like our new shiny 3d scanners) yet there is no advancement in the good old four-handed dentistry concept we used for the past 60 years. 

 

Five-handed dentistry is simply adding the Ai hand to the good old four-handed dentistry concept. Ai not only saves a lot of time for the dentist by doing immediate diagnosis and charting it could also play a substantial role in patient education and accurate data anlysis for clinic management. 

 

Ai Increases efficiency by automating a lot of tasks (ie. charting) hence the dentist, hygienist and dental assistant have more time in their hands to do more procedures, spend more time with patients and increase their quality of care.

*The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, Volume 1, No. 4, Fall Issue, 2000

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