Are robots the future of implant dentistry?
Technology is increasing in complexity at an accelerating rate. In the future, advanced robots could perform specialist roles that currently require professionals with many years of training and experience. In healthcare, robots such as the da Vinci Surgical System can assist doctors with precise surgeries, while other models can be used to disinfect empty hospital rooms using UV light.
Robots have made similar progress in the world of dentistry. In September 2017, a robot placed two dental implants in a human patient in the world’s first fully-automated implant surgery, in Xi’an, China. Human doctors oversaw the procedure, but did not actively participate or intervene. According to dental experts quoted in Chinese newspaper Science and Technology Daily, the robot can perform procedures, including dental implantology, with great accuracy and agility in tight spaces such as oral cavities.
Robots can also assist dentists. Yomi, a robot designed to help dentists place implants, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It helps clinicians plan the implant surgery, then provides physical guidance by preventing any deviations from the plan and compensating for patient movements.
Machines are gradually becoming key components of our daily lives. However, for the moment, you will need to visit your local implant dentist for treatment. If you are considering dental implants, contact a local implant dentist for an initial FREE consultation.