Goldman School Acquires Robotic Devices for Dental Implant Surgeries

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The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) is the first dental school in the United States to acquire, install, and use two surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries.

These devices will enable the school’s predoctoral students and postdoctoral residents to learn how state of the art robotic technology, with its accuracy and precision during dental surgery, can augment and enhance clinical practice and patient care, the school reports. 

Developed by Neocis, the Yomi is the first and only robot-assisted surgical device cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration for dental implant surgery. 

“This technology is truly revolutionary and will change and improve the way we approach dental implant surgeries at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine,” said Alexander Bendayan, DDS, GSDM’s assistant dean of digital development and clinical training.

“Introducing this advanced technology to our patient treatment centers will ensure that our predoctoral students and postdoctoral residents are prepared to be leaders in the field and will help to establish new standards of care for the profession,” said Bendayan. 

Using the Yomi system, the provider performing the surgical procedure first creates a virtual plan for the placement of a dental implant using detailed 3-D scans of the patient’s mouth. The system then uses physical cues to guide the provider along the precise implementation of that plan, but it also is able to adjust dynamically to accommodate mid-procedure changes.

Yomi augments a provider’s “feel,” giving real-time feedback via haptic technology to guide a provider along the treatment plan. However, the provider controls the handpiece at all times. By design, the Yomi system complements, rather than overrides, a provider’s clinical expertise. 

“We believe that Yomi may become a new standard of care for dental implants and are thrilled to be working alongside the faculty, students, and residents at GSDM to implement this technology,” said Alon Mozes, PhD, cofounder and CEO of Neocis and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at GSDM.

“By embedding the technology at the dental-school level, we are building comfort and skill with this technology from the ground up,” Mozes said.

With the assistance of trained technicians from Neocis, the school completed installing and calibrating the robotic devices in late September. GSDM faculty members then participated in a two-day training session. Additional two-day sessions will be held in October and November. 

Once trained, faculty will use the Yomi system on their own patients and will also instruct GSDM predoctoral students and postdoctoral students on the technology. Neocis will provide ongoing service and support.

With this acquisition, GSDM continues its commitment to new technology, the school reports. In 2015, it was the first dental school in the United States to implement CAD/CAM guided dental implant surgery, first using CEREC and SICAT guides and then, in 2018, introducing Nobel Biocare guides. 

All predoctoral students at GSDM currently have the opportunity to place a dental implant using guided surgery, which the school says is a rarity for US predoctoral dental programs, and soon will be able to also gain experience using the first robot-assisted dental surgical system in the United States. 

“At the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, innovation is more than a buzzword. It’s a mindset,” said Jeffrey W. Hutter, DDS, dean and Spencer N. Frankl professor in dental medicine. “Our school has always been a leader in embracing cutting-edge dental technologies, and I am proud to continue that tradition of innovation with Yomi.”

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