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Haptic Technologies in Dental Education

Saturday, 15 September - 11:15am

Simulation in dental training is not new.  Traditionally, the phantom head has been and is still the main simulator used in the early years of dental student training. Haptics is the science of creating a realistic sense of touch in a virtual environment.  The first dental haptic simulator was introduced in dental schools in the early 2000s. The MOOG Simondont Dental Trainer developed in partnership with Moog and the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA), combines realistic dental procedures in a three-dimensional (3D) virtual environment that feels realistic through high fidelity force feedback with software that supports both basic manual dexterity tasks, and realistic simulation of dental procedures on virtual teeth with simulated pathology.   This session will take a look at the integration of the MOOG Simodont dental trainer into an existing first year Dental curriculum at the Melbourne Dental School, Australia.

Dr Anu Polster graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the National University of Singapore.  She worked at the National Dental Centre in Singapore for six years before migrating to Australia.  Anu completed an Honours degree at the University of Adelaide, in 1998.  She has been teaching Conservative Dentistry at the Melbourne Dental School since 2002 and is now the first year coordinator of the DDS course and the converner of Conservative Dentistry at the Melbourne Dental School.

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