Straumann Group Invests In Dental Monitoring (DM), A Pioneer In Remote Monitoring Enabled By Artificial Intelligence

16-04-2018

  • Straumann acquires global distribution rights to DM’s innovative remote monitoring system as well as a minor stake in DM in return for an injection of capital.
  • Group gains access to game-changing technology, which combines mobile phone applications with artificial intelligence to improve treatment efficiency
  • DM will benefit from Straumann’s global presence, strength in digital dentistry and global distribution capability. 

The Straumann Group and Dental Monitoring (DM), a highly innovative French company specialised in remote dental monitoring systems, have signed an agreement that provides Straumann with global distribution rights to DM’s technology as well as a minor stake in DM in return for an injection of capital. Straumann will integrate DM’s technology in its portfolio of orthodontic and digital solutions and the two companies will collaborate to develop further applications for artificial intelligence in the dental field. Dental Monitoring will benefit from the Straumann Group’s brand, network, distribution and development resources and will continue to sell and support orthodontic customers through its own network. 

Dental Monitoring has developed and successfully commercialised a system that enables dentists to monitor the progress of orthodontic/dental treatments without the patient having to visit the practice. Using a smart phone and a dedicated app, the patient takes pictures of his/her teeth, which are uploaded into DM’s system. Artificial intelligence is used to compare the images with previous data and can detect even minor changes. The system then notifies the dentist, allowing for timely intervention and efficient treatment adjustments. In addition to avoiding unnecessary check-up visits, the system can also accelerate orthodontic treatments by identifying the point at which the patient is ready to progress to the next corrective step. It also checks for any relapse during the post-treatment retention phase. Other advantages include time savings for the dentist, enhanced standard of care, as well as convenience and peace of mind for the patient (see video clip on www.dental-monitoring.com). 

The system is already sold in several markets and has been developed further to monitor oral hygiene, detecting decay, fracture, restoration defects, gum recession, inflammation, infections and other conditions. Additional applications, for instance in combination with intra oral scanners in the practice or for monitoring dental implants are possible. Artificial intelligence technology, could therefore support the full spectrum of Straumann’s activities including corrective, preventative, restorative and replacement dentistry.

“Enabling dentists to offer patients a reliable, easy-to-use mobile application for checking their teeth and treatment progress will change dentistry. Our investment in DM provides us with a proven orthodontics tracking system and access to artificial intelligence technology. It also secures an innovative partner with the expertise to develop further leading-edge solutions in our field,” commented Mr. Marco Gadola, CEO of the Straumann Group.

“Straumann is an ideal partner for many reasons: they are a truly global company and are investing significantly in digital dentistry as a core business. They are renowned for clinical excellence and brand leadership and share our passion for pioneering innovation and entrepreneurism. With their scientific heritage and strength in digital, they are our partner of choice for developing and establishing remote monitoring coupled with artificial intelligence as the new standard of care,” Dental Monitoring’s CEO, Mr. Philippe Salah added.

  • Straumann acquires global distribution rights to DM’s innovative remote monitoring system as well as a minor stake in DM in return for an injection of capital.
  • Group gains access to game-changing technology, which combines mobile phone applications with artificial intelligence to improve treatment efficiency
  • DM will benefit from Straumann’s global presence, strength in digital dentistry and global distribution capability.