The UK is at the forefront of promising new dental training that is currently underway at Portsmouth University. Their programme has adopted a Virtual Reality platform to help train new dentists to the highest standards. The University, prompted by the NHS turning 70, has invested in research to compare previous methods of dentistry with current ones.
Previously, dental students would have carried their own kit to classes and worked solely on real teeth. However, now the University provides all the equipment they need as well as models, dummies, and the new virtual reality simulators for practical experience.
Portsmouth University’s Head of School, Professor Chris Louca, gave the following statement. “Dentistry has come a long way in the past 70 years. Things move on very quickly and dentistry is now very high tech, and the training itself is much more streamlined, as well as integrated with other health professionals.” The new VR simulators are invaluable for students’ learning and progression. Furthermore, it allows tutors to give instant feedback in context, rather than days or weeks after the event.