Robotic guidance system could be game-changer for implant dentistry
MIAMI, Florida: Implant dentistry is about to make a leap in development, at least if things go the way U.S. company Neocis predicts. After introducing Yomi, the first robotic system developed for dental implant placement, and receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market its pioneering surgical assistance system, the company has now announced the completion of the first sale of its device.
The dental implant and prosthetic market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S. Equally thriving is the surgical robotics market, which is estimated to reach $20 billion (€18.8 billion) across several medical markets by 2021. Combining both medical fields is Yomi, which is intended to provide assistance in both the planning (preoperative) and the surgical (intraoperative) phases of dental implant surgery.
Commenting on receiving FDA clearance earlier this month, Neocis CEO and co-founder Dr. Alon Mozes said, “We are excited to achieve this important milestone for Yomi. We look forward to further demonstrating the benefits of Yomi to the surgeon’s practice and their patients and to bringing the system to select key opinion leaders in the United States.”
According to Neocis, Yomi is engineered to eliminate dentists’ dependence on plastic drill guides, which can impede the site of surgery and block proper irrigation and visibility. The computerized navigational system delivers physical guidance through the use of haptic robotic technology, which provides sensory feedback and constrains the drill in position, orientation and depth. Notwithstanding its digital guidance, the surgeon remains in control and can dynamically change the plan during the procedure, the company emphasized.
Neocis further noted that it is committed to ensuring that dentists who choose to use Yomi in their practice undergo sufficient training on the use of the software and the workflow of the system.
The first clinic to use Yomi in daily practice will be the South Florida Center for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Boca Raton, Florida, Neocis stated in a press release. The system has been installed, and Drs. Jeffrey Ganeles, Frederic Norkin and Liliana Aranguren have completed training.
“We are excited to incorporate Yomi into our practice,” Ganeles stated. “Adopting state-of-the-art technology is part of our commitment to providing the very best care for our patients. Yomi ensures that the procedure goes precisely as planned. There is nothing else like it, and I believe it will be a game-changer for our practice.”
Dental professionals can learn more about Yomi at the Academy of Osseointegration’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, which is taking place on March 16–18.