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Robots Are Doing Dental Implants in DFW

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The Yomi dental robot system | Image by ArchPoint

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The Yomi robotic system for dental surgery is making a splash in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with at least two dental practices using it to install dental implants.

Developed by Miami-based company Neocis, the Yomi system gives dental surgeons “real-time guidance in the position, angulation, and depth of the surgical instruments” being used.

“It works like a GPS navigation system for the mouth,” said dental surgeon Dr. J. Darrell Steele, speaking with Spectrum News. “I always have control of the drill and can always go back and change the treatment plan if needed. The robot is simply an assistant so that I can perform a faster and more precise implant procedure with less pain.”

Steele’s practice is based in Coppell. He has conducted thousands of dental implants over his 30-year career, and he wishes he had gotten the Yomi system sooner.

“This kind of advance comes along once every 10 to 15 years. Once I saw this technology and what it could do for my patients, I had to add it to my office,” he said.

Dallas-based dental surgeon Dr. Tom Draper echoed Steele’s sentiments, describing the technology as “game-changing” and claiming it will “lead to a new standard of care for the profession,” per Dallas Innovates.

Draper’s associate and fellow dental surgeon at ArchPoint Implant Dentistry, Dr. Reed Gibbins, praised the Yomi system in a statement to Dallas Innovates.

“We’ve placed 172 implants in 90 cases since installing the Yomi robot a few months ago,” stated Gibbins. “While the technology is new to this area, we’re already seeing an increase in inquiries/bookings and expect the interest to grow exponentially in the coming year.”

Draper and Gibbins plan on making ArchPoint a training center, allowing area dentists and dental students to access their Yomi system.

“Next month we’re introducing a collaborative treatment program between ArchPoint and area dentists to ensure that more dental implant patients will have the option to include Yomi in their surgical process,” Gibbins told Dallas Innovates. “Our plan at ArchPoint is to expand this learning opportunity to dental students and oral and maxillofacial residents in the coming year.”

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the Yomi robotic system for dental surgery. It is the first robotic system to receive this sanction.      

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