Episode 51: Mapping Bone with X-Nav Technologies

Our special guest for today's podcast is the legendary, Dr. Robert Emery, straight from Washington D.C. Dr. Emery is a visionary. He listens, analyzes, and collaborates with teams of professionals to make those visions a reality for both patients and fellow dentists. Check out his beautiful practice at http://www.ccomfs.com

Dr. Emery was raised in Chicago, Illinois and presently resides in McLean, Virginia. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he met Kathy, his wife to whom he has been married since 1980. Subsequently he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Illinois and a simultaneous Bachelor of Science Degree in Dentistry. Upon completing his dental degrees, he obtained a certificate in a hospital-based General Practice Residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. During this program Dr. Emery received advanced training managing special needs patients and the geriatric population. Following this, he received his certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the University of Maryland where he received extensive training in orthognathic surgery, temporomandibular joint disorders, and facial trauma.

Rotations included the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon (diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is also a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and a fellow and member of many recognized national and international dental, facial cosmetic surgery, and dental implant organizations. He is actively involved in training oral and maxillofacial surgery residents at the Washington Hospital Center. He is on the staff of the Children's Hospital National Medical Center and George Washington Hospital.

Dr. Emery has devoted his professional career to all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice with special interests in the treatment of dental implants, impacted teeth, orthognathic surgery, and delivery of the highest quality sedation and anesthesia services. To keep abreast of the latest developments in OMS, Dr. Emery has always exceeded the continuing education requirements of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Dr. Emery has always placed a great emphasis on dental implant surgery and reconstruction. He received the Nobelpharma Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Research Award and Grant, from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Research Foundation. This grant was used to study a novel technique for placing dental implants. In addition, Dr. Emery has received funding for numerous clinical trials involving new implant designs and surgical techniques. Dr. Emery is a founding partner in a dental instrument manufacturing company that designs novel instumentation for dental surgeons worldwide. X-Nav Technologies LLC. He lectures extensively, both local and nationally on all aspects of implant reconstruction and placement.

Dr. Emery has a long history of leadership within the dental community. He has served many years on the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Dental Society and served as President (2014-2015). He is past President of the District of Columbia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and President of the Middle Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a founding member of the Renaissance Dental Study Group. This group provides continuing education to the local dental community.

Dr. Emery’s interests include sharing his wife’s artwork and that of other local artists with the community. He enjoys skiing, golf, and participates in triathlons and endurance sports including swimming across the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Emery and his wife share a common interest in breeding and raising Amazon parrots and Newfoundland dogs.


  • American Dental Association
  • District of Columbia Dental Society
  • Maimonidies Dental Society
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Middle Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • District of Columbia Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Sleep Disorders Association

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Washington Hospital Center
  • Children's Hospital National Medical Center

A few dental-related topics we discuss with Dr. Emery:

  • What is dynamic image navigation and how long has it been available to dentists?
  • What got you interested in dynamic navigation?
  • What are the basic components of a dynamic navigation system and what is new and different about the X-Guide?
  • What are the steps for planning and implementation of dynamic navigation?
  • What does the literature say about the accuracy of dynamic image navigation compare with freehand and static guidance?
  • What are the advantages of using dynamic navigation vs. static guides?
  • Will this technology make a dentist more efficient?
  • Can the technology be used with both a standard analog approach and in a fully digital approach?
  • What does the future hold for dynamic navigation in dentistry?

Thank you for being a guest on our show, Dr. Emery! To check out more information about X-NAV technologies, please visit http://www.x-navtech.com/

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