First robot dental surgery completed in China

A robot, developed by Beijing’s Beihang University and the Fourth Military Medical University’s Stomatological Hospital, has carried out the first successful dental surgery.

According to the South China Morning Post, the robot dentist successfully fit a female patient with two teeth without any human assistance on Saturday. The teeth were also something of a technological wonder, as they were created by using 3D printing.

Human staff were on hand to assist during the one-hour operation in Xian, Shaanxi province, but were not needed.

The robot was able to carry out the procedure by following a set of pre-programmed commands, which Dr Zhao Yimin, who works at the hospital, said was developed to avoid human error mistakes.