The next generation of dentists will have a very in-depth knowledge of the structure and ailments of human teeth thanks to a new and innovative virtual reality training system called 3D Tooth Atlas 9. Developed by University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in collaboration with eHuman Digital Anatomy, the VR model of human jaws with all teeth in place will allow students to see the most realistic representation of each type of tooth and understand how they grow and why they develop cavities and other issues.
Augmented and Virtual Reality Training Capacities Make 3D Tooth Atlas 9 Truly Special
The first students who experienced this new type of virtual reality training were absolutely fascinated by the possibility to go where no dentistry student has gone before—inside the human mouth.
The 3D model of the human teeth enhanced with AR capabilities is structured into five sections: Periodontology, Anthropology, Odontogenesis, Dental Embryology and Clinical Access. The Clinical Access section includes over 550 3D models of teeth covering every known anatomical pathology and development. This detailed and interactive set of holographic models will help students grasp the various ways in which human teeth grow, according to genetic predispositions, ethnic specifics, as well as pathological conditions.
Teaching Millennials—an Ongoing Challenge for Learning Institutions
Speaking of the reasons behind this new concept of virtual reality training, Dr. Noelle Santucci, the Course Director for Dental Anatomy and Dr. Bina Surti, the Director of Technology at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry explained:
The developing company, eHuman Digital Anatomy, was excited to be engaged in this innovative project. The company is specialized in creating interactive and modern educational tools which make learning exciting for the mobile-era generation of students.
3D Tooth Atlas 9 virtual reality training system has already been rolled out to over 70% dentistry schools in North America. Compared to previous learning systems, 3D Tooth Atlas 9 adds several other benefits to students:
- In-depth quizzes
- Refined detailed images
- User-friendly interface thanks to redesigned UX/UI
- Real-time annotations on custom models built by students.
Virtual Reality Training in Medicine—Safe, In-Depth and Comprehensive
The 3D Tooth Atlas 9 virtual reality training system is just another example of the way new technologies help advance human knowledge and development. Accurate and in-depth training for future doctors is of the utmost importance, but it is fraught with ethical issues when the learning material is an actual human body.
Thanks to augmented and virtual reality, we can now create highly detailed 3D models of the human body and implement various pathological conditions. Students can interact with various parts of the body, simulate surgeries and courses of treatment without any negative consequences in real life.
Virtual reality training will certainly give students more freedom in thinking and courage to test new treatments and procedures, opening avenues for potential cures for some of the most severe conditions and diseases of the 21st century.