Technologies That will Shape the Future of Dentistry

Using Data for Better Oral Health

Professor Heiko Spallek, Head of School and Dean of the Sydney Dental School and Academic Lead for Digital Health and Health Service Informatics for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, will explore what drives innovation in dentistry and how technological advances benefit from advanced use of data. After explaining the continuum of decision making, from human clinician to Deep Learning algorithms, he will showcase exciting developments he and his collaborators are working on, ranging from chair-side Clinical Decision Support Systems to in-mouth robotic restorative dentistry and the development of custom life-like typodonts built from CBCT scans. Professor Spallek will identify potential barriers to innovation as today’s Health Information Technology (HIT) infrastructure remains mostly a collection of systems unable to deliver on the promised benefits. He will conclude by outlining a path into the future that brings the visions of (1) Diagnostic Terminologies, (2) the Education Data Warehouse and (3) the Learning Health System under one umbrella--the fully interoperable HIT Ecosystem.

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Plenary 1


From Idea to Prototype: The F-DentEst Lab© Experience

Artificial intelligence is the roadmap of the future. Increasingly, intelligent machines free people from mundane tasks, allowing us to interact with distant others, share ideas, and build collaborative networks. In disaster management, the authority needs to focus on two things. One, rescuing and saving lives and second, identifying and managing dead bodies. However, with thousands of dead bodies to be individually identified, the forensic teams are facing challenges such as long working hours leading to delayed identification process and public health issue due to the body decomposing. In forensic, teeth have been using as a physical marker to estimate the age of an individual using panoramic radiographs. Traditionally, dental age estimation is performed manually by experts. While the method is relatively simple, the enormous number of casualties and the limited time available to conduct the examination during large-scale disasters complicate forensic work. F-DentEst Lab© is a software that assists in human identification through age assessments during disaster management, processing of undocumented refugees, and big data analysis. It is the first software invented to perform automated age estimation in living individuals and corpses for forensic identification. With this product, the dental age can be estimated in less than 40s per sample. This prototype has won numerous invention competitions, the most recent being the Republic of Croatia's Kreso Glavac Special Award and Award of Merit for the Most Outstanding Innovation at the Malaysia Technology Expo 2021.

Plenary 2


What Blockchain is Doing for the Dental Industry?

To date, Blockchain as a technology gain wide attention from people worldwide. Blockchain is a system of recording information in a way that makes it difficult or impossible to change, hack, or cheat the system. While blockchain principles were first applied in the financial world as the technology that allowed Bitcoin to operate, it has applications for many industries including healthcare. Patient medical records, drug development and supply chain, claims and billing, and medical research are just some of the areas it could impact by potentially cutting out middle men—companies—and allowing secure access to the most recent data in real time. Hence, some dental industry professionals see the technology behind it all as an opportunity for innovation in the dental industry. Therefore, it is beneficial to explore what blockchain can support and assist for the dental industry and this is the aims for this knowledge sharing session.



Blockchain Application in Dental Industry

Dentistry is a necessity of peacefully healthy living, which is vital to everyone. The industry itself is in the hands of 1.6 million dentists globally. The application of Blockchain in Dentistry is raising to facilitate patient medical records, drug production and supply chains, medical claims and billing etc. It also helps to cut out a third-party company or services to reduce the operational cost by employing a blockchain smart contract. Many businesses and operational rules for dentistry can be translated into a digital form using the smart contract. Furthermore, we can employ data privacy rules and patient consent to allow legitimate data sharing between different dentistry service providers. To comprehend the blockchain concept and implementation, this workshop will present the design and implementation of privacy rules and patient consent using the smart contract. All participants in the workshop will be exposed to and experienced the look and feel of the smart contract that is programmed using Solidity language, which is look-alike to Python or Java codes.

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Lunch Talk


GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia

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In this talk, we will discover the science behind the deep and targeted repair within dentine tubules. Recap on dentine hypersensitivity before learning about the DHEQ, a powerful new quality of life questionnaire that tells us more than we’ve ever known before about how dentine hypersensitivity affects the everyday lives of sufferers. This talk highlights a new pioneering synchrotron technology that was used to learn about the NEW SENSODYNE REPAIR & PROTECT DEEP REPAIR, and allows us to have a look inside how deep the formulation goes inside the tubules. You will understand the Mode of Action of NovaMin® technology on how it forms a reparative layer over exposed areas of dentine, followed by results from clinical studies and discussion on how you can help protect your patients from recurrent dentine hypersensitivity in the long term.