Arkansas ASC pioneers rare, $150K dental robot — 5 details

Fayetteville-based Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center is one of the world's first medical facilities to adopt a dental robot called Yomi, according to Talk Business & Politics.

Five details:

1. Only 24 other facilities in the world own Yomi, a $150,000 robot developed by Neocis.

2. Since the robot was introduced in late March, surgeons at Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center have used Yomi to insert implants in 25 patients.

3. Yomi is the only FDA-approved robot for dental surgery. The robot provides operative guidance and assistance reaching hard-to-access areas. It takes about 15 minutes to install an implant using Yomi, with up to an hour of preparation.

4. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Scotty Bolding, DDS, used Yomi to perform Arkansas' first robotic dental implant insertion April 2.

5. So far, Dr. Bolding has undergone one week of training on how to use the robot. He is one of three partners at Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center.

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