Virtual Haptic Reality: A Teaching Strategy to Achieve Significant Learning in Dentistry
Keywords:Dental Education, Simulation, Haptic Technology, Virtual Reality
Objectives: To evaluate the students' perception towards the similarity between working with extracted human teeth, plastic teeth (MESH, Medical Shapes), and a haptic virtual reality simulator (HVRS, Simodont, Moog and ACTA). Methods: 273 undergraduate dental students followed the three training methods to perform tooth preparations. 67% of the students answered an anonymous questionnaire to evaluate the experience. Results: 67% of them stated that the sensation produced by the simulator Simodont was similar to working on extracted human teeth or plastic teeth. 80% considered that Simodont simulated a real handpiece. 50% assured that the experience using Simodont was good and 16% classified it as very good. Conclusions: The sensation produced by HVRS was very similar to that perceived when working on extracted human teeth and plastic teeth, so this technology can be implemented in preclinical training as a complementary strategy.
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