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An Investigation into the Caries Removal Performance of Year 1 Dental Undergraduate Students' Clinical Skills Using a Haptic Virtual Dental Simulator

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAERA Washington
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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The aim of this research was to determine the performance progression of 101 Year-1 novice dental students’ cavity preparation skills using a haptic dental simulator.

The haptic system recorded every student’s actions during two sessions: including the total time taken on the procedure, on removing tissue, the % of caries tissue removed, of healthy tissue remaining, and whether or not the pulp had been exposed. Statistical correlations of the results showed that (i) students achieve better results if they spend more time on the task; (ii) they improved their performance from the first to the second session, confirming that a haptic system simulating simple dental procedures can enhance novice dental-undergraduate students’ cavity preparation skills with only two hours practice.

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