Second Opinion from Pearl Gains Regulatory Clearance in South Africa



Pearl announced that Second Opinion, its chairside clinical artificial intelligence (AI) software, has received clearance from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). Second Opinion is the first and only FDA-cleared chairside AI software to help dentists detect numerous conditions in x-rays of dental patients 12 and older.

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South Africa joins the growing list of medical device authorizations for Second Opinion, which already includes clearances in the United States, European Union, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil.

Second Opinion supports clinicians by applying computer vision technology to patient x-rays to detect a broad range of common dental conditions, including dental caries (cavities), bone loss, root abscesses, calculus (tartar), faulty restorations, impactions, crowns, fillings, root canals, implants and more. It delivers findings in real-time for patient-facing display in the dental operatory, helping dentists ensure the accuracy of their x-ray evaluations and enabling them to better communicate diagnoses to patients.

“We’re excited to bring to South African dentistry the clinical benefits that Second Opinion is already delivering in so many other countries,” said Ophir Tanz, CEO and founder of Pearl. “Every dental practice in the world wants to deliver care with the greatest consistency, confidence and precision and every dental patient wants to know that the care they receive meets that exceptional standard. Second Opinion satisfies both of those desires, so its SAHPRA clearance is something that patients and practices in South Africa can smile about.”

Dentists in South Africa and other approved countries can begin using Pearl’s Second Opinion today by visiting

About Pearl

Pearl is shaping the future of dental care by delivering dental AI and computer vision solutions that advance efficiency, accuracy, transparency, and patient care. Founded in 2019 by Ophir Tanz, Pearl is backed by Craft Ventures and other leading venture capital firms. For more information or to request a demonstration, please visit