EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – A simpler, faster and more accurate procedure for Oklahoma dental patients.
The world’s first and only FDA-cleared dental robot that performs dental implant procedures is underway on the subway.
“I really anticipated that there was going to be a lot of discomfort and that I was going to be out of work for a few days. I was working when I left here and went straight to the office,” Karl Holliman said , patient who underwent the procedure.
The YOMI dental system is less invasive than traditional dental implant surgery, reducing patient recovery time.
This is exactly what patients like Holliman have told KFOR about their experience.
“I was surprised there was no discomfort, highly recommend it as again it can be scary. It can be quite intrusive. Everyone is different. But the fact that it went so fast the recovery time was very quick and there was no discomfort it was just one of those that if you didn’t I wouldn’t go in the another way,” Holliman said.
Lauren Hanna had done the procedure before without this robotic system and noticed a difference.
“Healing time was quicker, and it didn’t really hurt at all… That one took longer to heal than the one with the robot,” said patient Lauren Hanna. who underwent the procedure.
Dr. Matthew Holloman is trained in the procedure and says the robotic system helps plan a patient’s individual procedure and then guides them through the operation.
“When I first started looking at the Yomi dental robotics system, it really came down to two questions. Will it make me a better surgeon? And we will improve outcomes for our patients. And by looking at it, I “I decided the answers to those questions were yes. So we had to have it,” said Edmond Oklahoma dentist Dr. Matthew Holloman.
“Once in a while, in the middle of surgery, we will find ourselves in a situation where you have to make changes. And it’s great with Yomi, we can make those changes on the go and still operate in a guided surgical setting,” Dr. Holloman said.
Dr. Holloman says he has performed about 75 procedures at Edmond so far.
“It’s really exciting. This type of advancement in dentistry happens maybe every two decades. And it’s really exciting to be a part of it and to be able to offer that to our patients here,” said Dr. Holloman.
Currently, he is the only general dentist in the state of Oklahoma to perform these procedures (according to YOMI), which are typically performed by oral surgeons and other specialty dentists.
“It’s a big problem because usually a lot of these patients are referred to specialists and sometimes patients don’t want to travel outside of their general dentist’s office… Typically the dentist will have formal training on the implants, whether in dentistry school or after dental school. And then we offer a very comprehensive training program with a robot,” said Michael Palahach, director of clinical operations and training for Yomi Robotic System.
There are just over 100 of these robotic systems in the country, including three in Oklahoma and none overseas.
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