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GSDM pioneers cutting-edge dental technology

By Dental Tribune International
October 30, 2019

BOSTON, U.S.: The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) has recently acquired, installed and used two surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries. With its accuracy and precision during dental surgery, the novel robotic technology will help augment and enhance clinical practice and patient care.

Yomi is a robot-assisted surgical device developed by Miami-based health care startup Neocis. Dr. Alon Mozes, the CEO and co-founder of Neocis, joined the Dean’s Advisory Board at the school to provide guidance on advanced robotics to staff. The device is the first one to obtain market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for dental implant surgery.

“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, Clinical Associate Professor of Restorative Sciences and Biomaterials and Assistant Dean of Digital Development and Clinical Training at the school. “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.”

With the help of the Yomi robotic system, the provider performing the surgical procedure will be able to create a virtual plan for the placement of a dental implant using 3D scans of the patient’s mouth. The system will then use physical cues to facilitate the implementation process and will be able to adjust dynamically to accommodate midprocedure changes. To guide the provider during the treatment, Yomi will be providing real-time feedback via haptic technology. However, the provider will be in charge of controlling the handpiece at all times.

“We believe that Yomi may become a new standard of care for dental implants, and are thrilled to be working alongside the faculty, students, and residents at GSDM to implement this technology,” said Mozes. “By embedding the technology at the dental school level, we are building comfort and skill with this technology from the ground up.”

GSDM faculty members have already undergone rigorous training on the Yomi system. Once training is completed, they will use the system on their patients and will instruct predoctoral students and postdoctoral residents at the school on the technology.

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