Boston University to use robotic devices for dental implant surgeries

Boston University's dental school will install and use two surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries, becoming one of the few U.S. dental schools to do so, according to the American Dental Association

"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," Alexander Bendayan, DDS, assistant dean of digital development and clinical training at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, said in an Oct. 9 news release.

The device, called Yomi, was developed by Neocis, a Miami-based healthcare startup.

Using 3D scans of the patient's mouth, Yomi allows the dentist to create a virtual plan for placing dental implants. Yomi then uses physical cues to precisely execute the plan, while adjusting for mid-procedure changes.

Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine installed the devices in late September. Once trained, faculty will use the system on their patients and instruct students how to as well.

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