Is a robot likely to perform your next dentist procedure? Not likely at MB2 Dental, but they have taken the step in China. Because of a dental shortage in China, patients are allowing robotic dentists to perform their implants.Many are wondering if doctors in white coats could be replaced by artificial intelligences, governed by increasingly sophisticated algorithms. Eager for a bigger patient load, and for precision, it opens up the most interesting scenarios. But according to MB2 Dental, in Carrollton, TX, how many brave souls are willing to undergo dental procedures without human intervention.The implant operation lasted about an hour and did not see the manual intervention by any human medical assistants, they assisted in some capacity, however, no one performed an active role. Experts say the technology was designed to address the shortage of qualified dentists in mainland China while avoiding frequent human errors over there.
The country estimates there are about 400 million patients awaiting dental work, and with so few dentists, a backlog ensues.Approximately one million implants are performed in the country each year, but the quality of the work is often poor, causing patients additional problems. Thanks to the new robotic technology developed, it is possible to work better inside the small space of the mouth, where some areas are difficult to see.The dental professionals calibrated the robot to the patient, so that he could move correctly, calculating the angle and depth necessary to adapt the new teeth into the cavity in the patient’s mouth. The dental team tests the movements of the robot, and collect the data needed to make any appropriate changes before giving the patient local anesthesia and performing the operation.
Despite the high costs of the equipment and the need for continuous refresher courses for the technical preparation of dental staff, robotics can be called a profitable innovation. Thanks to technology there have been improvements that were once unthinkable.MB2 Dental is an organization providing leading-edge guidance and multifaceted business services to to affiliated practices. Their services allow owners to focus on customer-centered care, while the organization centers on the business side of things. The vision of MB2 Dental is to collaborate while improving efficiency, with a committment to the best patient care.