How to Achieve Accurate Implant Placement Using Robotic Guidance

November 2, 2020
Leslie R. Fish, DDS, and LisaMarie Sarhangian, DDS, MD
Leslie R. Fish, DDS, and LisaMarie Sarhangian, DDS, MD

Dr Fish has run a solo private practice since 1989 in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Chandler, Arizona. His education includes a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California (July 1984-June 1987); and doctor of dental surgery from UCLA School of Dentistry Los Angeles (September 1978-June 1982).

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Leveraging advanced robotic technology to precisely avoid critical anatomic structures during implant placement.

Accuracy matters. Dental implants are the preferred treatment modality for replacing missing teeth. Fifteen thousand dental specialists and 150,000 general practice dentists place nearly 4 million implants annually in the United States. It has been shown that the accuracy of implant placement directly influences prosthetic results.1-3

Understanding this, several technological advances have increased the accuracy of implant placement, starting with the use of 3D cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanning to facilitate three-dimensional planning.4 As a result, static guides and dynamic navigation have both improved the accuracy of implant placement compared to freehand techniques.5-9

The use of static guides is sometimes limited by the patient’s range of mandibular motion. In addition, each step of preparing a static guide, such as impression or scanning, pouring or milling model, 3D CBCT scan, planning, materials used to fabricate guide, and placing guide channel has potential errors. With robotics, there is a reduction of potential errors.

More recently, haptic robotic guidance for both bone preparation and implant placement provides the accuracy of static guides, along with the added advantage of intraoperative plan adjustment, full visualization, proper irrigation, and the use of standard drill equipment.10 With robotics, full 3D planning is performed that allows virtual enhanced visualization of critical anatomical structures. The plan is implemented using haptic robotics, which provides physical, visual, and audio feedback to guide the surgeon during the digital plan’s execution to the desired location, angulation, and depth.

It is important to note that with robotic implant preparation and placement, the surgeon is physically constrained to drilling at the planned location, orientation, and depth while still given the ability to adjust this plan intraoperatively if needed.

A Patient and the Plan

A 23-year-old man presented with symptomatic tooth No. 9, which had previous endodontic treatment following a traumatic injury. An endodontic evaluation revealed a poor long-term prognosis. The plan was to extract the tooth and place an immediate implant.

The 3-dimensional planning revealed that the incisive canal and the root of tooth No. 10 were in close proximity to the desired implant position. In this particular case, accuracy was required. Thus, it was an ideal case for the Yomi® Dental Robotic System by Neocis®, as Yomi assures that an appropriately safe distance is kept from the nasopalatine nerve and neighboring roots.

Clinical Technique

On the day of the procedure, local anesthesia was administered and the tooth-supported treatment guide was fitted. Once the treatment guide was placed, a 3D CBCT scan was taken with a fiducial array attached to the treatment guide. The information was exported to the Yomi software and merged with the digital preplan. Tooth No. 9 was extracted atraumatically, without osseous reduction, maintaining the natural soft tissue architecture.

The robotic tracker arm was attached to the treatment guide. This process registered the robot to the patient’s anatomy providing the robot with the knowledge of the exact position and orientation of the instruments in relation to the 3D space of the patient. Both the drilling and the implant placement were guided robotically.

While the surgeon controls the device, the robot guides and then locks the instrument along the preplanned angle and position, and allows drilling no further than the preplanned depth. A series of Densah® Burs from Versah® were used per protocol to expand the osseous structure and increase osseous density. An Astra Tech OsseoSpeed EV implant (3.6 x 15 mm) from Dentsply Sirona was placed. The patient elected to proceed with a Dentsply Sirona Essix splint as a provisional restoration, rather than a nonfunctional fixed provisional crown. The treatment guide was removed, and a healing abutment was placed.


Accuracy and precision are always important when placing dental implants to ensure maximum longevity and optimal restoration. This is particularly true in cases with limited access, limited visibility, or limited distance between the planned implant and important anatomic structures, such as nerves and neighboring roots. Robotic guidance using the Yomi Dental Robotic System provides accuracy and precision with every implantation.

The case presented here demonstrates the ease that robotic guidance allows for safe and accurate placement of an immediate implant in an esthetically important location.

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