New Publication using AI in Restorative Dentistry

We are excited to announce the publication of a new manuscript in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry (JERD). The study, entitled “Using artificial intelligence to predict the final color of leucite-reinforced ceramic restorations,” was authored by Dr. Carlos Kose, an alumni of the 2021 Master’s in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry class at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and mentored by Drs. Dayane Oliveira, Patricia Pereira, and Mateus Rocha, UFCD Faculty Members.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of machine learning regression models in predicting the final color of leucite-reinforced ceramic veneers based on substrate shade, ceramic shade, thickness, and translucency. The results showed that different substrates, ceramic shades, and thicknesses influence the L, a, and b coordinates of the final restoration, with the substrate having the greatest influence on the final shade. The decision tree regression model was found to have the lowest error and highest accuracy in predicting the final color of the restoration, with the substrate and thickness being the most important factors.

These findings suggest that the decision tree regression model developed in this study could potentially be used to assist in shade selection for leucite-reinforced ceramic veneers. This is an important development, as accurate shade selection is crucial in achieving aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking restorations. The use of AI in this process could potentially improve the accuracy and efficiency of shade selection, helping to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.


This is a significant achievement, as the use of artificial intelligence in dental research is still in its early stages and has the potential to revolutionize the way we approach various challenges in the field. The successful implementation of AI in this study is an important step towards realizing the full potential of this technology in the field of dental biomaterials.

We are proud of the contributions made by the research team, including the lead author, Dr. Carlos Kose, and we look forward to seeing the impact of this study in the field of dental biomaterials. This milestone is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our research group, and we are excited to see what the future holds for the UF Artificial Intelligence Initiative.

This study is outcome of a strong partnership between the Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Graduate Program and the Center for Dental Biomaterials

Dr. Patricia Pereira, Master’s and Certificate in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Program Director, says about how students can get involved in research during their master’s and how this can create a significant impact on the student’s career and the restorative dentistry community: 

Patricia Pereira

Patricia Pereira DDS, PhD

Associate Dean Of Academic Affairs & Clinical Professor
Phone: (352) 273-5950

“Getting involved in research during the master’s degree program is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about the field, gain valuable skills, and make a contribution to the field of restorative dentistry. It allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter and provides them with practical experience in data analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking. These skills are highly valued by employers and can significantly impact a student’s career prospects.

Furthermore, the contributions that students make through their research can have a significant impact on the restorative dentistry community. By exploring new ideas and approaches, students can help drive innovation and advancement in the field, ultimately leading to better patient care. Participating in research during your master’s degree program is a valuable and rewarding experience that can have a lasting impact on your career and the field of restorative dentistry.”

Dr. Mateus Rocha, Director of the Center for Dental Biomaterials, says about the use of Artificial Intelligence in Restorative Dentistry:

Mateus G Rocha

Mateus G Rocha D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor & Director, Center For Dental Biomaterials
Phone: (352) 392-0508

“I believe that the use of artificial intelligence has the potential to significantly improve clinical treatments in esthetic and restorative dentistry. The ability to accurately predict the outcome of different treatment options using AI can help clinicians make more informed decisions and improve patient outcomes.

In the specific case of this study, the use of machine learning to predict the final color of leucite-reinforced ceramic veneers has the potential to assist clinicians in the selection of the most appropriate materials for a given case. The ability to accurately predict the final color of a restoration can help to ensure that the final result is as close as possible to the desired outcome, improving patient satisfaction and reducing the need for revisions.

Overall, I believe that the integration of artificial intelligence into clinical practice has the potential to greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of esthetic and restorative treatments. I am excited to continue exploring the use of AI in this field and to see the impact it can have on patient care.”

Dr. Dayane Oliveira, Clinical Assistant Professor, and specialist in Color Science talks about her contribution and experience working with Dr. Carlos Kose: 

Dayane Oliveira

Dayane Oliveira D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-6909

“It was a pleasure to work with Carlos on this project exploring the use of artificial intelligence in esthetic and restorative dentistry. From the beginning, Carlos demonstrated a strong passion for his work and a dedication to finding innovative solutions to the problem at hand.

One of the things that I particularly appreciated about working with Carlos was his willingness to ask questions and seek out additional resources when needed. He was always eager to learn more about the topic and to find new and creative approaches to the problem. This openness to new ideas and perspectives was a key factor in the success of the project.

In addition to his passion for his work, Carlos was also a pleasure to work with because of his professionalism and commitment to excellence. He took great care to ensure that his work was of the highest quality, and he always went above and beyond to ensure that the project was completed to the best of his ability. I am confident that he will continue to make valuable contributions to the field of dental biomaterials in the future.”