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The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) at Boston University has become the first U.S. dental school to use surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries.
Yomi, the robot-assisted surgical device, developed by Miami-based healthcare start-up Neocis is the first (and to date, only) dental implant surgery device to have received the clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and now, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) has become the first U.S. dental school to acquire and install the Yomi surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries.
Yomi will provide an excellent opportunity for the predoctoral students and the postdoctoral residents of the dental school to learn how the accuracy and precision of this state-of-the-art robotic technology can impact and significantly improve dental implant surgical outcomes and patient care.
Dr Alexander Bendayan, GSDM’s assistant dean of digital development & clinical training, believes that Yomi is truly revolutionary and will significantly improve the way dental implant surgeries are done at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and also that it will help to establish new standards of care for the profession.
In the Yomi protocol, the implant surgeon first creates a virtual plan for the implant placement using 3D scans taken of the patient’s mouth. The system then guides the surgeon in the precise implementation of that plan, giving real-time feedback via haptic technology to guide him through the process. Yomi is flexible enough to adjust dynamically to accommodate any mid-procedure changes. The implant surgeon controls the handpiece at all times, and Yomi augments his 'feel'. So, essentially, Yomi complements, rather than overriding your clinical expertise.
Dr Alon Mozes, co-founder and CEO of Neocis, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at GSDM said that embedding this advanced technology at the dental-school level will help in building comfort and skill from the ground up and that Yomi may become a new standard of care for dental implants.
GSDM, with assistance from Neocis technicians, completed installing and calibrating the robotic devices in September 2019. GSDM faculty members underwent rigorous two-day training in the last week of September 2019, with additional two-day training sessions planned in the next few months. Once the training is complete, the GSDM faculty members will not only implement the Yomi system on their patients but will also start instructing the predoctoral students and postdoctoral residents on this technology.
All predoctoral students at GSDM currently have the opportunity to place dental implants using guided surgery, and soon they will be able to use the first robot-assisted dental surgical system in the U.S.