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Yomi provides educational opportunity for dental students

NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third U.S. dental school to acquire, install and use devices for robot-assisted dental implant surgeries. The Yomi devices are expected to enhance clinical practice.

Yomi was developed by health care startup Neocis, based in Miami in the U.S. It is the only such device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for dental implant surgery. The system uses software to preoperatively plan dental implantation procedures and provides real-time visual and physical intraoperative guidance to achieve the plan. Yomi is intended for use in partially or completely edentulous adult patients.

The two devices that the university has acquired will provide an opportunity for the college’s pre- and postdoctoral students to learn how modern robotic technology can augment and enhance clinical practice and patient care. “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 Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, Herman Robert Fox Dean at NYU Dentistry, in a university press release.

Using the Yomi system, the surgeon first creates a virtual plan for placing a dental implant using detailed 3D scans of the patient’s oral cavity. To guide the surgeon according to the plan, the device uses physical cues, but can also adjust dynamically to accommodate changes during the procedure. Yomi enhances tactility for the practitioner by providing real-time feedback via haptic technology; however, the surgeon is always in control of the dental handpiece, since the device is designed to complement rather than to override the expertise of the clinician.

Prof. Robert Glickman, associate dean for clinical affairs and hospital relations and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NYU Dentistry, commented: “Robotic technology is truly a game-changer for dental surgery. 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.”

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