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Friday, April 22, 2005

Robotic Dental Drill Eases Implant Procedures

Preparing patients for dental implants is a delicate process that currently can only be done by highly skilled, specially trained oral surgeons. Now, an Israeli firm called Tactile Technologies has developed a robotic, self-guiding drill that automates the process, ensuring pinpoint accuracy and greater comfort for the patient.

The device uses a frame that's clamped to the patient's jaw. The frame helps the surgeon locate the precise spot to drill, and allows the surgeon to control the entire procedure via PC.

With this device, more dentists and oral surgeons would be able to offer implant services, and subsequently lower costs.

Sources: New Scientist, Boing Boing