VOXEL-MAN Dental is a new kind of dental simulator, based on virtual reality technology. Students are working on simulated patient cases with a look and feel close to a real procedure, training both their manual dexterity and problem solving skills. With its striking new features, VOXEL-MAN Dental greatly improves quality and cost-effectiveness in pre-clinical training—and beyond.
At present, pre-clinical dental training is mostly based on drilling resin tooth models. Unfortunately, these are made all of one material, making it impossible for a dental student to develop a realistic feel for the different dental tissues. Even worse, the teeth usually have no pathologies, such that training is limited to standard preparations. An objective assessment of the student's skills and progress is hardly possible.
See and Feel the Difference
In VOXEL-MAN Dental, teeth and instruments are modeled in high resolution inside a computer and visualized on a 3D screen. The dental handpiece is represented by a force feedback device which can be moved in three dimensions and provides a very life-like sense of touch. With VOXEL-MAN Dental, you can actually feel the subtle differences between enamel, dentin, pulp, or carious tissue.
Instruments provided include a selection of high and low speed burs of different shapes which are controlled by a foot pedal, as well as a dental mirror. At any time, teeth may be inspected from all sides, magnified as desired, and even shown as cross-sectional images. The high resolution tooth models have been derived from real teeth by microtomography.