A robot has just implanted two 3D-printed teeth into a woman's mouth all on its own.
The procedure, reported in the South China Morning Post, took place recently and the researchers who developed it hope it can help China’s dentist shortage problem.
Prior to the surgery, the robot was oriented to the patient's head and mouth and researchers then programmed the device with all of the necessary information for it to complete the procedure. That included the angles and depth required for accurate placement of the implants.
From start to [w]OW the whole thing took about an hour, and although medical staff were present during the procedure, none of them assisted the robot while it worked. Afterwards, the staff determined that the robot had implanted the teeth with high precision.