A Robot Dentist Fits Dental Implant in China Without Human
The world’s first autonomous dental implant robot was put into use in a operation on Saturday in Xi'an City, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
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Your dental work may one day be done by a robot.
A woman in China recently became the first person to have oral surgery performed solely by a robot. While human doctors were in the room for the procedure, the robot autonomously implanted two teeth into the patient’s mouth using preprogrammed directions, according to the South China Morning Post.
The technology was invented by Wuhan University Stomatological Hospital and Beihang University’s robotics institute to deal with a shortage of dentists in the country and frequent surgical errors.
The Post reported that about 400 million patients need new teeth in China.
The dental implants, made with 3D printing, were fitted within a margin of error of 0.2-0.3 millimeters, the surgical standard for this type of operation.
The patient was measured using a CT scan and the robot was programmed with the specific movements it needed to perform the surgery, including angles and depth for the new teeth. After a test, the procedure was performed on the woman in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, who was administered only a local anesthetic. The robot was able to make adjustments to compensate for the patient’s own movements.
According to Business Wire, over 15 million implants are placed worldwide per year. And China isn’t the only country to get into autonomous dental technology.