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Boston University installs 2 robotic devices for dental implant surgeries

October 15, 2019

By Mary Beth Versaci

Boston –– Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine announced Oct. 9 it was the first U.S. dental school to acquire, install and use two surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries.

The devices will provide an opportunity for the school's predoctoral students and postdoctoral residents to learn how robotic technology can augment and enhance clinical practice and patient care, according to a news release from the school.
 
"This technology is truly revolutionary and will change –– and improve –– the way we approach dental implant surgeries at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine," said Dr. Alexander Bendayan, assistant dean of digital development and clinical training. "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." 

The device, known as Yomi, was developed by Miami-based health care startup Neocis.

With the Yomi system, the provider performing the surgical procedure creates a virtual plan for the placement of a dental implant using detailed 3D scans of the patient's mouth. The system then uses physical cues to guide the provider along the precise implementation of that plan, while also adjusting to accommodate mid-procedure changes, according to the release.

The school, with help from Neocis technicians, installed the devices in late September. Once trained, faculty members will use the Yomi system on their own patients and instruct predoctoral students and postdoctoral residents on the technology, the release stated.