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Since 2000, more than 6 million robotic-assisted surgeries have taken place across multiple medical specialties, including cardiovascular, neurology and orthopedics. But surgical robotics have only recently been available to dentists.
Dr. Christopher Bingham of Council Oaks Perio is the first periodontist in Austin, Texas, to be certified to use the Yomi Surgical Robotics System to place dental implants, according to Neocis, the company behind the technology.
Successfully placing dental implants requires careful pre-operative planning and a high degree of accuracy and precision. Surgical robotic technology helps doctors to achieve these objectives.
Bingham is one of only 50 doctors in the United States who are certified to use the Yomi Robot, which is the first and only FDA-cleared robot-assisted dental surgery system. The Yomi Robot is an assistive surgical technology that offers physical guidance through haptic robotic technology to precisely and accurately place dental implants.
Bingham is always in complete control of the surgery. Yomi provides Bingham computerized navigation to assist in both the planning (pre-operative) and the surgical (intra-operative) phases of dental implantation surgery. Yomi also enables a minimally invasive flapless approach, which has been proven to lead to faster recovery and less pain for the patient, according to the company.
“I chose to become certified in Yomi Dental Robotics because I believe that robotic surgery will become the standard of care in dental implantology just as it has in many other medical specialties. I am excited that Council Oaks Perio is the first dental practice in Austin to place implants using this exciting technology,” Bingham said.
Bingham is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Richard J. Lazzara Implant Fellowship, and he is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a member of American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and the Capital Area Dental Society. He received his bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University in 1998. He completed his DDS from the University of Illinois in 2005, followed by the completion of a general practice residency at the Rush University Medical Center in 2006. He then practiced as a general dentist for two years before entering Georgia Health Sciences University (formally Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, where he earned a certificate in periodontics and a master of science in oral biology in 2011.
Neocis, the company behind Yomi and a leader and pioneer in robot-assisted dental implant surgery, announced in July that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new Yomi edentulous indication.
The clearance allows for a new splint attachment that broadens Yomi’s application to include full arch implant cases as well as partially edentulous cases.
It is estimated that more than 36 million Americans are missing all their teeth. The new Yomi edentulous splint will enable doctors to use Yomi’s technology to reach more of this population.