According to The Register, this AI technology could be used by dentists in the future for this purpose, though it only exists in theory at present. It predicts the shape of the tooth with a series of scans - the first of which on the side of the jaw with the missing tooth. The other side of the jaw is then scanned before the AI comes up with the design for the missing tooth.
The programme was trained on other 1,500 jaws, some with and some without a missing tooth, in order to come up with the correct formula. It was then tested out on another 1,570 to validate the results.
The research paper says that these primary results are more effective as replacement crowns than those designed by human hand.