A new robotic tool is changing what we know about cosmetic dentistry, from the early stages of surgery planning to the recovery process.
The YOMI Robotic Dental System primarily functions as a GPS navigation system that helps doctors in performing dental implants. Created by Neocis, Inc. And it’s the first of its kind ever YOMI is a dental robotics company, the first dental robot to be licensed for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
YOMI enables clinicians to draw up a personalized treatment plan for each individual patient while monitoring any movements the patient makes during the procedure. YOMI is adjusted as needed to ensure the procedure runs smoothly while the doctor maneuvers the robotic arm to perform the treatment. As a result, what was once a potentially weeks-long endeavor can be completed in one sitting.
One physician in particular, Dr. Jay Newgarten, took the opportunity to incorporate YOMI into his clinic. The technology was first used in late 2019 – early 2020, when the Food and Drug Administration approved only the early stages of its uses.
“[Neocis] She reached out to us saying, “We think this would be a good fit for your practice.” When I looked at it, it was very attractive to me, but it wasn’t there for me yet which means it was only approved at that point for three transplants. “If a person loses an entire row of teeth in one jaw, that aspect has not yet been approved,” said Dr. Newgarten. “Once it was approved by the FDA, which is the summer of 2020, I was ready to go.”
Dr. Newgarten’s Clinic, New York Center for Maxillofacial Orthopedics, focuses on oral and maxillofacial surgery, covering a number of procedures below the gum line, including implant surgery, bone graft construction, and corrective jaw surgery. Dr. Newgarten says implant surgeries in particular have four main approaches: manual hand, surgical guides, augmented hand, and dynamic mobility. Dr. Newgarten says YOMI is particularly helpful with the dynamic mobility method of surgery.
“The kind of analogy I make with this kind of technology is that you put a plan and workflow exactly on the patient. For example, say you want to take a train from New York to California, and there isn’t a single train that goes from New York to California, you need several trains. You go and make a plan, I’ll take this train from New York to Philly, Philly to Des Moines, Iowa, from Des Moines, Iowa to Vegas, and then from Vegas to Los Angeles. “You can take this train and the train basically does all the movement,” Dr. Newgarten said. For you, just know when to go up and down.” “What I do in robotic dentistry is: I make a plan first of all, I put it on display exactly for the patient. When I use the robot on the patient, the map is already there for me, I plan exactly where I need it. Once I get that into the plan, when I use YOMI, my hands move up and down, like a train back and forth – I can’t go left or right, and I can’t swerve. “
Dr. Newgarten’s patients have the option of being awake or asleep during their procedures with YOMI, depending on their comfort level. He also noted that he often makes few or no incisions during surgery.
Dr. Newgarten saw firsthand how well YOMI helped in terms of the patient’s recovery. Although he says his field is not particularly painful compared to other aspects of dentistry, Dr. Newgarten’s patients are improving in their recovery.
“Nobody likes going to the dentist, it’s a worrisome event. It’s not fun. But when we can use this technique, and patients go home with Advil or Tylenol with little or no downtime, that really changes a lot, Dr. Newgarten said. “I had surgery on a guy who was very anxious, his gag reflex was too far, he couldn’t go to the dentist, he lost all his teeth. I didn’t have to put a single stitch in him. If you saw him before and after, you wouldn’t think he had surgery. He came in at 11:30 in the morning and was eating eggs in the afternoon. The fact that he was able to resume normal life and do normal activity, I had to stress myself with this life.”
Dr. Newgarten notes that patients should follow a light, non-chewing diet for a period of time after surgery, but the overall recovery time was like day and night.
“I love this technology for today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Newgarten. “So this technology has been very likable to me on the full arc piece but also to be able to innovate, educate and develop in those systems to deliver better care to our patients is something that draws me in and drives me and it really is what Patients want, need, and demand.”
For more information about Dr. Newgarten and his clinic, visit www.nycoms.com/jay-neugarten-dds-md.
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