Digital Dental Solutions: Enhance Dentistry Practice with Augmented Reality

The use of immersive technology such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality has been widely applied as a training tool, such as in the medical field. Due to the lack of technological devices to support learning, innovation in medicine is needed to increase the success rate and reduce the risk of surgical procedures. The use of augmented reality can provide an interesting and realistic learning experience. Students have the opportunity to practice on “virtual” patients which can be done repeatedly, with different levels of difficulty in order to improve the competence of each participant.

The scope of the medical field that can implement these technologies also varies, dentistry being one of the subjects that will be discussed in this article. As a supporting tool, augmented reality provides a training platform for doctors and prospective doctors to perform various surgical procedures. With the ease of modifying the virtual world, the program is able to present the actual reactions of the “virtual” patients as they might be felt in the actual procedure.

eTypodont is one of the augmented reality innovations formed as a dental implant simulation training tool. Markus Santoso and Cortino Sukotjo, two professors from Indonesia at a US university, developed the program so that it could be used to teach dental students.

In Indonesia itself, innovation in the medical field has been developed by Arutala. This startup that focuses on developing immersive products collaborates with FKKMK UGM in forming a training simulation for prospective nurses. The pandemic conditions that limit physical interaction and increase the risk of transmitting the virus become a challenge in providing proper training and learning to students. The Arutala program is designed with a set of procedures that allow students to learn how to treat patients, which is also equipped with interactive features with patients for students.

Training with augmented reality allows students to view their past medical and treatment history. With augmented reality, supervisors can monitor the performance of dental students remotely, provide feedback and also improve their treatment procedures if needed.

When there is a failure or damage to the equipment, dentists, with the help of AR technology, can contact a technician to repair the equipment quickly, so there is no need to wait for a technician to come. Using augmented reality devices, dentists can coordinate with technicians and perform repairs on their own dental equipment.

The presence of AR and VR technology is able to trigger the human senses and immerse them in an artificial environment. Provide opportunities for students and doctors to learn by hands-on practice. A learning technique that triggers more memory of participants, especially in subjects that require training in improving abilities. An innovation in order to improve health services by providing maximum results.

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