The New York University College of Dentistry has become the third dental school in the United States to acquire, install, and use robotic devices for dental implant surgeries.
The Yomi devices from Neocis will enable the school’s predoctoral and postdoctoral students 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, NYU Dentistry said.
The Yomi is the first and only robotic surgical device cleared for dental implant surgery by the US Food and Drug Administration, according to NYU Dentistry.
The system uses software to preoperatively plan dental implantation procedures and provides real-time visual and physical intraoperative guidance to achieve the plan. It is intended for use in adult patients missing some or all teeth who qualify for dental implants.
“We are extremely pleased to utilize the power of robotics to ensure that our pre- and postdoctoral students are prepared to become leaders in the field,” said Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of NYU Dentistry.
Using the Yomi system, the clinician first creates a virtual plan for placing the dental implant using detailed 3D scans of the patient’s mouth. The system then uses physical cues to guide the user along the precise implementation of that plan, but also can adjust dynamically to accommodate mid-procedure changes.
The Yomi augments the user’s “feel,” NYU Dentistry said, providing real-time feedback via haptic technology to guide the user along the treatment plan, but the user controls the dental handpiece at all times. By design, it complements, rather than overrides, the user’s clinical expertise.
“Robotic technology is truly a game-changer for dental surgery,” said Robert Glickman, associate dean for clinical affairs and hospital relations and professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NYU Dentistry.
“Successfully placing dental implants requires careful preoperative planning and a high degree of accuracy and precision to avoid critical anatomical structures and provide the best outcome for the patient,” Glickman said.
Together with Glickman, Huzefa Talib, clinical associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and Edgard El Chaar, clinical associate professor of periodontology and implant dentistry, were instrumental in bringing the technology to the college, it said.
With the acquisition of the technology, NYU Dentistry said, it continues to introduce pioneering new dental technologies into its predoctoral and postdoctoral education programs.