Simulation is a cornerstone of dental undergraduate and postgraduate training at King's College London. Through the provision of high-fidelity virtual haptic machines and low-fidelity phantom-head simulators, the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences is now the first dental school in the world to have successfully integrated a seamless clinical digital learning environment across all our facilities.
Providing a world-class learning environment, we have connected our state-of-the-art dental operating chairs at Guy’s Hospital with our simulation facilities, blending virtual reality with training on real human teeth.
Our physical ‘phantom head’ dental simulators allow practise of COVID secure dental surgery with plastic and human teeth and are connected via high resolution intra-oral scanners to ourvirtual reality high-fidelity haptic simulators. This enables a seamless digital workflow from real patient scans into simulators, and then onto chairside dental CAD/CAM systems.
Students are able to scan real human anatomy and typodont models and practice dental surgery on anatomically correct scans which have voxelised enamel, dentine, pulp, and periodontal and craniofacial anatomy.
Once the surgery has been simulated, the resulting scans can be imported into dental CAD software to analyse the virtual treatment, before students and staff carry out that treatment on patients. The technology available at the GSTT digital dental surgeries is available for use by our students and staff.
The high-fidelity haptic suite on floor 18 of Guy's Hospital Tower Wing.
King's dentistry simulation facilities won the "Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year" prize at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. Find out more here.