©YouTube Screenshot The YOMI robot collects information from scanning a patient's mouth before the procedure and provides a visual model to the dentist.
For the first time, the United States has approved the use of a dental robot to perform dental implants. This robot, more precise than a human, makes it possible to speed up visits to the dentist, which will allow a practice to accommodate more patients. An important step forward in a context of global shortage of practitioners.
A dental assistant robot more precise than a human
The semi-autonomous robot, called YOMI from Neocis Inc., is the first device approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to perform dentist-assistive operations. It takes the form of a robotic arm and works like a GPS system, over which the dentist has full control at all times. In a dental clinic in Virginia Beach, Dr. Geoffrey Schreiber has been using the YOMI machine since 2019 and receiving positive feedback from his patients, who appreciate the less invasive treatments enabled by this technology.
Fewer surgical errors thanks to the robotic arm
The YOMI robot collects information from the analysis of a patient's mouth before the procedure and provides a visual model to the dentist. “Before this, we were doing implants with 3D printed guides, which are precise, but you can't change the plan, like you can in a YOMI, in the middle of an operation”, says Geoffrey Schreiber, quoted by the Associated Press. As Anthony Morel points out, with this robot, the error rate is 0.2 mm, which is much lower than the rate observed without the assistance of the robot.
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Until now, large incisions are needed to see the bone where the dentist is to place the implant. We are now trying to make smaller incisions, with less imposing instruments and without running the risk of approaching the nerve during an implantation procedure, which minimizes pain for the patient.
Dental care on the rise due to aging population
The global market for dental implants and materials needed after surgery is expected to nearly double to $9 billion in the next nine years, from a value of less than $5 billion last year, according to a report. recently published by Global Market Insights, a market research and advisory agency. The agency explains this growth by the fact that populations are aging in Europe and around the world and that more and more people are born or develop dental disorders since childhood. In this context, research on robots in prosthetic dentistry would be a breakthrough, as well as a technical and theoretical innovation that will make it possible to meet the growing demand.
A solution to avoid dental tourism?
In 2021, in France, the average time to obtain an appointment with a dental surgeon is 28 days. Automation could, according to experts, also respond to a shortage of labor in the world, for faster and cheaper interventions. Influencers are advertising dental tourism on social media, prompting many French people to get dental implants abroad.
This year, according to the Association of Turkish Dentists (TDB ), between 150,000 and 250,000 foreign patients will travel to Turkey for cheaper care, making the country one of the main destinations for dental tourism in the world, alongside Hungary, Thailand or Dubai, reports the AFP. However, these interventions are not without risks. The British Dental Association (BDA) has warned of the “considerable risks” of carrying out “cheap treatments” abroad, citing cases of infections and “ill-fitting crowns and implants that have come loose”.