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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 58-62

Haptics: The science of touch in periodontics

Department of Periodontics, NIMS Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur 303121, Rajasthan, India

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Sapna Sharma
C/o Shri Ramphal Kaushik, House Number 256, HUDA Sector 2, Rohtak 124001, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/2226-8561.174768

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The simulation of clinical situations with the acquisition of fine motor skills is an essential component of the dental students' learning experience. The traditional approach to dental skills training has drawbacks in terms of cost, availability, lack of real-world cases, with the restraints of time, clinical supervision, and the funding of raw materials such as real and plastic teeth. The introduction of dental haptics opens the door to a more realistic clinical experience which can be free from the previous constraints. The performance of the students should be reviewed invaluably by pinpointing exactly where mistakes may have been made and directed learning should be allowed. Also, haptics offers the possibility of unlimited training hours by which students can gain skills without demands on manpower and resources. This paper provides a comprehensive review of literature on haptics for training of periodontal procedures.

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