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Robot completes unassisted dental operation

A robot has carried out a dental operation without any help from humans for the first time, after completing implant surgery on a patient. Although medical staff were present during the one-hour surgery in Shaanxi province, China, they did not play an active role.

The story, which first featured in the South China Morning Post reported that two new 3D-printed teeth were successfully implanted into a woman’s mouth.

The robot was developed by Beihang University in Beijing and the Fourth Military Medical University’s Stomatological Hospital.

A Doctor who works at the hospital explained to the newspaper that the robot was designed to carry out dental procedures and avoid mistakes made by human error. It did so by following a set of pre-programmed commands to fit the implants into the patient’s mouth, but was able to make adjustments as the woman moved.

The robot was built to help deal with China’s shortage of qualified dentists. Hong Kong and Singapore are also facing a shortage of dentists, experts have warned.