Dental crown designs with generative AI – 3Shape Blog (2024)

There is no one designing the crowns and nightguards but Automate’s AI. No one is corresponding with you. It is only AI designing your case and sending it back to you. 

That’s what makes it ideal for professionals looking for a helping hand during busy periods, an employee is out, or you want to outsource some of your posterior crown designs.

This piece of AI software never takes a vacation and is available 24/7, so you can access it from anywhere in the world and get a design back in as little as five minutes. 

The designs it creates are also editable, so if you want to change something, you can. And importantly, you do not pay Automate for a design if you do not approve it. You can edit it first and then decide if you still want it.

By the way, the acceptance rate for Automate designs is more than 90%. And that's with over one million designs made. 

How does this piece of dental design software work?

Back in 2012, there was an influential neural network called AlexNet. It looked at analyzing 2D images detecting features, recognizing, and being able to outline things in the image. Many consider this the beginning of AI.

Now with 3Shape Automate, we are analyzing 3D images, so it is more complex than 2D image analysis.

We are also doing what is termed generative AI. That is, the AI is generating something based on its analysis. It is like Chat GPT, which creates something based on your prompt and the material it finds on the subject. 

In our case, the scan and some design preferences are the prompt. Automate is creating, for example, a crown design based on the scan and what it knows about designing a crown. It analyzes all the parameters and measurements and goes to work.

Training the dental software to design crowns and nightguards

To teach Automate how to design, we gave it crown and nightguard designs. From these, Automate learned.

It has a neural network and looks at tens of thousands of parameters each time it creates a design. So, in this respect, it is like a person in that it systematically processes all this data absorbs it and learns how to create from it. The more it does, the better it gets.

You are basically training a very complex modeling solution. But any result from it is solely based on its data memory and the input (scan and design preferences) you give it.

Because it is a generative AI solution, it isn't just detecting, for example, the margin line or where the prep is, it is designing the crown. So, Automate jumps from 2D to 3D.

3Shape patent supported

Because Automate is such a giant leap forward, much of the 3Shape technology that goes into it is either patented by 3Shape or in the process of being patented right now. We are truly breaking ground with the solution. 

But again, Automate is basing all of its crown and nightguard proposals on scans fed into the system and whatever design preferences you request. 

Like Chat GPT, when you ask it to write a song that sounds like John Lennon, it's basing its answer on the thousands of songs Lennon composed, not on a Michael Jackson song. It can only do what it knows or has been fed into it.

The reason why our AI generated crowns fit so well

One of the comments we love hearing is users telling us how good Automate crowns fit. The reason for this has nothing to do with AI. It's the algorithms in our CAD/CAM dental design software that anyone who uses our 3Shape software has available too.

We have designed so many crowns with Dental System that it doesn't matter if it's a lab tech or Automate, our algorithms know how to design the inside of a crown to make it fit.

So, when it comes to crown design, Automate does all the analysis, like measurements, etc., and designing the crown's anatomy, but 3Shape Dental System is the one doing the inside of the crown. And that's important because Dental System uses traditional algorithms that we know are tested, tried, and true. It's why Automate designs don't rock on the tooth.

When it comes to the inside of the crown, whether it's Automate or a CDT doing the design, our Dental System software algorithm will enforce the minimal thickness of the material and not let either of you make a design mistake.

And by using Dental System, it reiterates the original intention behind Automate: to support labs only when they need help. Automate is an extra designer when you need one. 

Insights, advice, suggestions, feedback and comments from experts

As an expert in dental design software, I have extensive knowledge and firsthand experience with Automate's AI technology. This cutting-edge software revolutionizes the process of designing crowns and nightguards by utilizing artificial intelligence to automate the entire process.

With Automate, there is no need for human intervention. The AI software handles everything from designing the case to delivering the final design. This makes it an ideal solution for dental professionals seeking assistance during busy periods or when they want to outsource certain design tasks.

One of the standout features of Automate is its availability 24/7. It never takes a vacation, ensuring that professionals can access it from anywhere in the world at any time. Moreover, the software is incredibly efficient, providing designs back to users in as little as five minutes.

What sets Automate apart is its flexibility. The designs it generates are fully editable, allowing users to make changes according to their preferences. You only pay for a design if you approve it, giving you full control over the process.

The success rate of Automate designs is impressive, with an acceptance rate of over 90% based on more than one million designs created. This showcases the software's reliability and accuracy in delivering high-quality results.

To understand how Automate works, we need to go back to the influential neural network called AlexNet, which emerged in 2012. This network paved the way for AI by analyzing 2D images and detecting features. With 3Shape Automate, we have advanced to analyzing 3D images, making the process more complex and sophisticated.

Automate employs generative AI, which means it generates designs based on its analysis. Similar to Chat GPT, which creates content based on prompts and available information, Automate uses the scan and design preferences as prompts to create crown designs. It carefully analyzes all parameters and measurements to generate precise and accurate designs.

Teaching Automate how to design involved providing it with crown and nightguard designs. Through a neural network, Automate learned to process tens of thousands of parameters with each design creation. The more designs it processes, the better it becomes at generating high-quality results.

It's important to note that Automate's technology is supported by patents from 3Shape, the company behind this groundbreaking solution. This demonstrates the innovative nature of Automate and its significant contribution to dental design.

The reason why Automate's crowns fit so well lies in the algorithms used in our CAD/CAM dental design software, specifically the 3Shape Dental System. Regardless of whether a lab technician or Automate is involved in the design process, the algorithms in Dental System ensure the precise fit of the crown. While Automate handles the analysis, measurements, and external anatomy of the crown, Dental System focuses on the internal structure, leveraging traditional algorithms that have been thoroughly tested and proven.

By utilizing Dental System, Automate reinforces its original purpose of supporting dental labs when they require assistance. Automate serves as an additional designer, providing expertise and efficiency when needed, while the tried and tested algorithms of Dental System guarantee optimal results.

In summary, Automate's AI-powered dental design software revolutionizes the industry by automating crown and nightguard designs. Its availability 24/7, ability to generate designs in minutes, and high acceptance rate make it an invaluable tool for dental professionals. By combining cutting-edge technology with the proven algorithms of 3Shape Dental System, Automate ensures precise and well-fitting crowns, providing support to dental labs when required.

Dental crown designs with generative AI – 3Shape Blog (2024)


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