Will Robots Take Over (Dentistry)?

By October 1, 2017Dentistry

Would it surprise you if we say robots could soon be operating on you by themselves at the dentist clinic?

Robots are taking over human abilities, even in dentistry. Sounds too future to be true? Think again.

Recently China had robots conducting implant dentistry in one of the patients, and the implants were fitted within the boundaries of error margin of 0.2-0.3 mm—which match the standards required for this type of procedure. Yes, as reported in TIME, a robot dentist placed 2 dental implants for a woman in what could be the world’s 1st total automated dental implant surgery, This marking system, facilitated by a 3D-printed physical frame. This system is sophisticated to contained data of the patient’s skull and the jaw; the data had been collected through a CT scan before the operation.

It is set to help the dental surgeons perform the operations in the most precise position and from the most precise angle using a visual guiding system – just similar to how a GPS helps a driver. You see, dentistry has increasingly enlisted the help of robotics, and the demand will surge in the future as technology increases around the globe and moving into all industries.

 

Dentists said they found it easy to guide the handpiece using the joystick and to control its position using the cameras.
Saving the dentist from the need of leaning over could lead to employment opportunities for dentists with spinal disabilities, and the transmission of various disease between the dental professional and the dental patient is impossible when these robots are used. Also, the robot could be proven effective in providing dental care in countries at war or with economic problems.

The dental implant robot has been considered as a huge breakthrough in China’s dentistry as the country has more than 400M patients who are in desperate need of dental implants in their oral cavity for function and aesthetics, according to the college.

This is not just hearsay as dental experts have predicted the robots can safely conduct dental surgeries, for example, implantation with an increased accuracy and agility in a narrow space like the oral cavity

As a fun fact, Yomi, a robot system designed to assist dentists in dental implant procedures, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March.

 

The Yomi robotic system for dental surgery

The Chinese robot dentist was created in response to a shortage of qualified human dentists and the disconcerting number of human-made errors. Dental practitioners are always working within a small space within the mouth, and are at times unable to see what they’re doing.

Outside the field of dentistry, AI and robots have also been used to complete brain surgery and operate inside the human eye. They may still require our guidance in getting started and required our presence alongside them, but it’s only a matter of time before we can simply sit down and let them do all of the work.

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