Dental training simulators are helpful for practicing dentists and students learn new skills and gain thorough information on dental surgeries and therapies. Simulators provide information with the help of virtual reality technology on how to conduct surgeries in simplified manner and reduce probability of patient’s injuries. It gives students and dentists a closer look to real procedures to help them grow their problem solving skills and manual skills. Technological advancements have enabled simulators to include new features that would increase quality in pre-clinical training in cost effective manner.
The pre-clinical training is based on practicing on resin tooth models. It is not capable of giving a realistic experience, as dentists operate on different dental tissues. The training with resin tooth models is limited and assessment of students is difficult. With the help of simulators, students are able to progress and develop skills rapidly making assessment of skills simpler. Simulators having magnet change system, using Fe & D type articulators, and providing face-bow training are preferred. In addition, durable, articulators having jaw movement, ease in assembly, and compactness are features that users are prefer in simulators.
Recent simulators have teeth and instruments presented in high resolution and it can be visualized on 3D screen. Practitioners and trainees are able to notice the difference between pulp, dentin, enamel, or carious tissue as dental handpiece device moves in three dimensions to give a sense of touch. It is also important to provide options of high and low speed burs with different shapes that can be controlled by a foot pedal. The simulator enables users to inspect teeth from all angles, magnify as per requirements, and can be viewed as a cross sectional image.
Some of the simulators also include entire dental curriculum and dental models. Carious lesions occurring at various locations, including occlusal, mesial, and distal tooth decay can be viewed through dental models provided in simulators. Student benefit from these simulators as they can get their hands on real time cases, such as developing treatment plan, removal of caries, and others before they operate on patients. The most important use of simulators is to reduce the gap between theory and practical. It is also a cost effective solution as students can practice procedures as many times as needed and no costs are incurred due to absence of disposable parts. Other benefits include, cavity preparation, problem-based training, possibility for self-study, and immediate feedback. It also eliminates the need for supervision up to certain extent and need for water, disinfectant, pressurized air, and others.
Analysts studying the industry have presented thorough information and precise statistics in research reports. Recently, Big Market Research has added a report titled, “Global Dental Training Simulators Industry 2016 Deep Market Research Report.” The report provides an extensive analysis of classifications, recent trends, applications, and industry chain structure. In addition, it aids businesses and stakeholders by providing precise market statistics of technical data and manufacturing plants analysis, capacity, production, & revenue analysis of manufacturers, and new project feasibility analysis.