Going to the dentist is a scary experience for many, but obviously not for the fearless person who volunteered to undergo oral surgery performed by a robot.
The implants were fitted to within a margin of error of 0.2-0.3mm, reaching the required standard for this kind of operation, experts said. It took about an hour and though medical staff were present during the procedure, none of them assisted the robot while it worked.
The oral surgery, in which two 3D-printed teeth were implanted in a woman’s mouth, took place in Xian, Shaanxi. China is facing a shortage of qualified dentists in its mainland, and this robotic surgeon is seen as a possible solution to the problem.
Would you, for example, be happy with letting a robot implant false teeth into your mouth?
Patients are also at risk of poor surgery carried out by unqualified dentists, which can lead to further complications.
They then tested these movements and collected data to make the necessary adjustments before giving the woman a local anaesthetic and carrying out the operation.
According to the report, there are around 400 million patients in need of new teeth in China.
Dentistry has increasingly enlisted the help of robotics, notes the Post, with robot usage increasingly common in orthodontic procedures and root canal surgeries, as well as in student training.
In March this year the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a robot system named Yomi created to assist human surgeons when fitting implants. The robot, after testing to make sure everything was correct, was able to drill the cavities for the implants.