A New Scientist article says the first robotic dental drilling procedures are about to be tested on human patients in the US and Europe. The article says this "could represent the first step towards more automated dental procedures". The system combines CT imagery with hardware that clamps onto the patient's jaw and guides the dentist's drill. It's called ILS and was designed by Tactile Technologies of Israel specifically to automate the task of installing dental implants. The automated procedure is said to be faster and less painful for the patients. Using the robot drill, implant procedures could be done by any general practitioner instead of requiring an expert. For the curious, the actual FDA approval (PFD format) is available online.