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September 2021
Volume 42, Issue 8

Achieve Implant Placement According to Plan With Yomi® Robot-Assisted Surgery

Patients afraid of robots taking over the world do not have to be scared of Yomi®, the first robotic guidance system for dentistry.

Scott Bolding, DDS, MS, FACS, has integrated Yomi by Neocis into his oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty clinics in Arkansas and Florida and explains that the technology simply provides guidance, but that he, as the surgeon, is always in control.

"Yomi is a game changer in the dental industry," says Bolding, whose specialties include temporomandibular joint and orthognathic surgeries, bone grafting, and dental implants. "It allows me to place dental implants much more precisely than I ever have via freehand or even with static guides. The technology continues to improve monthly, and Neocis provides first-class service at a medical grade level that I have not seen with other dental companies."

Yomi provides clinicians with guidance through the use of haptic robotic technology and multisensory feedback to achieve the right location, angulation, and depth to place the implant according to plan, the company says.

"The evolution of digital technology in the past two decades, when combined with developments in the art and science of dentistry, is revolutionizing treatment options and predictability for patients," says Bolding, who for the past 30 years has consulted with hospitals, physicians, and other dentists on various ways to deliver better systems to improve the quality of healthcare. "Today, we can have a complete visual understanding of the outcome before we ever treat the patient."

Using a simple digital workflow, Yomi provides both real-time visual and robotic haptic guidance, according to the manufacturer. The system provides physical cues that guide the dental surgeon to the precise angulation and location for the planned osteotomy. Once the handpiece is in position, Yomi securely maintains its trajectory, preventing unintended deviation from the treatment plan. Should the patient move, Yomi tracks and follows patient motion. When the drill bit reaches planned depth, Yomi provides the dental surgeon a physical "hard stop."

"Patients absolutely love it," Bolding says, adding that the system enables a minimally invasive approach that facilitates faster surgery and recovery and less pain overall for the patient. "We have patients that come to see us only because we have a robot. The robotic technology attracts the patients, and I have had tremendous positive feedback from them."

While using the robotic technology may seem intimidating at first, Bolding explains that Yomi is simply a solid safeguard against any possible deviation from the treatment plan. Moreover, Neocis offers comprehensive onboarding (a 90-day program) to all who purchase the system, and the company frequently updates training, provides numerous continuing education webinars, and holds Yomi community events.

"Our team was hesitant at first," he says. "However, now that we are using it on every case, it is part of our routine. I no longer place dental implants without Yomi. The staff knows it is a superior way to place implants, and now they cannot imagine not using it."

Bolding encourages his peers to embrace the use of robotic guidance for dental surgery. "I believe that robotics will continue to evolve and offer dentists even more precision than we have today. We have seen robotics in ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, ENT, cardiovascular surgery, and many other professions. I'm excited to see what dentists will be able to do in the future."


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