Robot Dentist Successfully Completes First Ever Operation

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 16:25

Researchers at Beihang University in Beijing and the Fourth Military Medical University’s Stomatological Hospital have developed a robot dentist carried out a dental operation successfully without helping from humans for the first time.

Two new teeth, created by 3D printing, were successfully implanted into a woman’s mouth, the South China Morning Post reported. Dr. Zhao Yimin, who works at the hospital, told the newspaper the robot was designed to carry out dental procedures and avoid mistakes made by human error.

The technology was designed to overcome mainland China’s shortage of qualified dentists and frequent surgical errors. It followed a set of pre-programmed commands to fit the implants into the patient’s mouth, but was able to make adjustments as the woman moved.

Experts say robot surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows doctors to perform complicated surgery with more precision, but some question whether these operations are safe. In recent years robots have increasingly been used to assist dentists with procedures such as root canal surgery and orthodontic operations as well as in training students.

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