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University of Dundee lecturer invents device that takes pain out of dental training

University of Dundee lecturer invents device that takes pain out of dental training

Written by Paul

December 14, 2020

A lecturer from the UK-based University of Dundee has invented a training device that enables dental students to develop their fine motor skills from home, allowing clinical techniques to be taught during pandemic restrictions at a minimal cost.

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Dr Clement Seeballuck, Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Dundee’s School of Dentistry, came up with the idea for the Home Operational Practice Equipment (H.O.P.E.) more than a year ago but the work was expedited when face-to-face teaching was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. H.O.P.E. has been specially crafted to simulate skills that your dentist might use for drilling and other procedures. The equipment includes a pen in the shape of a drill and enables students to develop indirect vision skills, becoming comfortable with the ergonomics of a dental handpiece as they manoeuvre the instrument as they would when working with a patient. H.O.P.E. was developed using 3D printing equipment at the University of Dundee and with the assistance of staff and students from the University’s School of Dentistry, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the Library and Learning Centre. Dr Seeballuck and his colleagues developed a series of 3D-printed models that […]

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