Get a Modern and Precise Smile with Robotics
Many dental tools have been improved over the years, leading to a constant progression of newer and better ones. A new development in the field of dental implants is to use a dental robot to perform a tooth implant. The robots are now on sale in the United States and are already in use.
Previously, people with braces were often said to have a "robot mouth." It appears that a similar term – “robot teeth" will take on a new meaning. It will depend, though, on whether you want anyone to know that you have dental implants.
First Robot Implants
The first time a dental robot performed a tooth implant procedure was as recent as September 2017, Time reports. It was successfully completed in China by a dental robot which implanted two dental implants in a woman.
Prior to the procedure, the dentists took a CT scan of her mouth and provided the details to the robot, which also had a detailed set of instructions about how to perform the surgery. As several researchers watched to supervise, the robot completed the surgery unaided – fully automated.
The woman was only given a local anesthesia before the surgery. An amazing feature of the robot was that it was able to compensate for any movements the woman made during the tooth implantation. After the surgery, it was determined that the robot successfully met all the required parameters during the procedure.
Dental Implants Were 3-D Printed
Besides being performed by a robot, the implants were 3-D printed. This was also fully computerized.
Robots Available in the US
According to the NYDailyNews, this dental care of the future is already available in the United States. In March 2018, the FDA has approved the use of a robot dentist to perform dental implants in this country. The robot is called Yomi and dentists in this country are purchasing this system to perform this surgery.
Yomi is also able to track the movements of the dental patient, which helps to ensure that the drill is carefully controlled for safety. Of course, the dentist actually controls the drill and supervises the process. All of the necessary details of the mouth and teeth are fed into the computer so that the robot is programmed to operate only according to the necessary depth.
Advantages of Robotic Dental Implants
One of the best advantages of using dental robotics in the tooth implant process is the automatic control of the drill. Since all the parameters of your mouth are programmed into it, a greater level of safety is ensured.
The robot "watches" all of your head and mouth movements and is able to adjust the drill quickly to compensate. This ensures that the drill does not have any accidents. It is programmed to only go so deep, and the chances of slippage or going too deep will not occur – as it might in the hand of a dentist if distracted.
Robots Increasing in Use in Dentistry
Dental robots are already in rather wide use across the U.S. They perform many procedures now, but this is the first time that they are now being used in tooth replacement using dental implants.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are already better developed and proven to be successful in many patients. They can be used to replace one tooth or more, including all of them. In some cases, they can be implanted in just one session.
The implant is usually made of titanium, or zirconium – which is white, and both substances are bio-friendly. This means that the human body readily accepts it, and the bone and gums naturally and firmly attach to the implant in most cases.
Not everyone can be given dental implants. They need to have sufficient bone present, as well as healthy teeth and gums. In the absence of gum or bone, a dentist can add them in a separate surgery, and then implant the dental implants later.
Implanting Dental Implants
Dental implants are available in several forms, which make them available to a wide variety of people. They can be made to be permanent, or removable with a partial.
In many procedures, the implant is installed, and time is given to let the bone and gums heal. This process takes about three months. Once healed, the new crown is added and permanently attached. Some dentists complete the process in one visit.
If you are looking into dental implants, or want the latest information about using a dental robot for the implantation, contact the offices of Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board-certified Periodontist. He has two dentist offices – one in Carrollton, TX, and the other in the Grapevine, TX area. For more information, or to set up an appointment, call his office today at 214-731-0123.