The Benefits of Robotic Assisted Dental Implant Surgery
by Dr. Scott Bolding | Nov. 16, 2021
“For anyone who is considering implants, you have to really consider whether your dental team uses robotic technology or not.” – Heath Key, PRECiDENT Arkansas Dental Implant Patient
What are the benefits of robot assisted dental implant surgery?
Robot assisted dental implant surgery is about more than just cool technology. In fact, there are many benefits to using robots in dental surgery.
PRECiDENT patient Heath Key has personally seen the benefits of robotic dentistry. Heath works at Tyson Foods where they have implemented robotics in various ways, making his job easier and more efficient. And when he needed dental implants, Heath discovered the benefits of robot assisted dental implant surgery.
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What is Robot Assisted Dental Implant Surgery?
Surgeons have been using robotic technology for years. We’ve seen robotics in several different types of surgery, including:
- Kidney removal and transplants
- Hip replacements
- Bariatric Surgery
Robotic assistance is also common in dental surgery. At PRECiDENT, we are proud to partner with YOMI, the first FDA approved robotic system for dental implant surgery. YOMI has allowed us to bring you the benefits of robotic dentistry.
It’s important to note that during robot assisted dental implant surgery the robot does not perform surgery. Instead, the robotic technology guides the surgeon to make sure the implants are placed correctly. It does this using physical cues that let the surgeon know the location of the implant as well as how deep to drill. The surgeon maintains control the whole time and is able to make adjustments as necessary.
There are many benefits of using robots in dental surgery. These benefits include:
- More accurate
- Less invasive
- More efficient
Let’s take a closer look at these benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Robot Assisted Dental Implant Surgery?
According to Heath Key, “anyone who is considering implants, you have to really consider whether your dental team uses robotic technology or not.” Our dental surgeons couldn’t agree more. There are many benefits to using robots in dental surgery, for both the surgeon and most importantly the patient.
Accuracy is important during any medical procedure. It is especially important for the placement of dental implants. Errors in implant placement can cause problems both during and after surgery. A misplaced implant can cause a lot of discomfort and pain during recovery. So, it’s important for surgeons to make sure implants are placed exactly where they need to be.
Using robotic technology allows us to place implants more accurately than ever before.
YOMI utilizes 3D imaging to help surgeons plan out exactly where each implant needs to go. 3D imaging has also allowed for the development of tools that act as a guide for the surgeon as they place implants. These guides make it possible for the surgeon to stick to the previously laid-out plan as accurately as possible.
After developing the 3D plan the robot guides the dentist to the location of the implant. If your surgeon deviates from the plan the robot restrains the tool and guides it back to the right spot. As the dentist drills YOMI stops once it hits the planned depth.
Of course, your surgeon is able to make adjustments to the plan as necessary during the procedure. Video feedback is often used to help your dentist see what changes they need to make as they place your implants.
The accuracy of the YOMI robot is a major benefit of robotic dental implant surgery and ensures you get the smile you need to get back to your life. You don’t have to worry about complications after surgery. And the 3D imaging makes it easier for you to smile with confidence.
Another benefit of robot assisted dental implant surgery is that it’s less invasive than a traditional implant procedure.
During a typical implant procedure, your surgeon needs to be able to see your jaw bone in order to place the implant. That means they need to make an incision in your gums. This can be very uncomfortable and often leads to a longer recovery time.
With the YOMI robot however, the incision is either very small or nonexistent. Because the incision is smaller, it takes less time for your mouth to heal. The faster your mouth takes to heal after the implant is placed, the quicker you get your smile back.
Using robotics allows us to be more accurate and ensures the surgery is less invasive. All of this means we are able to be more efficient.
The traditional implant procedure can take a long time. Before YOMI, you would have to wait to get the temporary teeth that fill in the gaps until it’s time to place your new teeth. This can often take several appointments. You also have to wait for your mouth to heal.
The use of YOMI robotics cuts out a lot of the waiting time. With the use of 3D imaging, the robots can easily create a plan for the surgery and place your temporary teeth all in one day. And the smaller incision means you don’t have to wait as long for your mouth to heal.
Robotic Dental Implant Surgery
The Best Way to Do It.
Getting your smile back is about more than just getting new teeth. It’s about moving forward with your life. You want to be able to eat the things you love again. You want to be able to smile with confidence.
But you don’t want to spend time waiting for your mouth to heal. You don’t want to run the risk of implants that aren’t placed correctly. You may wonder if dental implants are right for you.
But the truth is, you can get the smile you want and the life you want, without the hassle of traditionally placed implants. Robotic technology makes it all possible.