The University of Kentucky's dentistry students are getting a much more lifelike experience cleaning teeth. The school recently installed a new simulation lab.
The lab has 70 simulators that mimic a patient's position. Now, students can work on a model with life-like lips and skin, they even have drains attached to the throat that can swallow liquids. The simulators will give first, second, and third year dental students advanced training well before they see their first patient.
"These simulators truly simulate having a patient as opposed to having a mouth that you hold in your hand with no lips, and no cheeks, and not correct position. It's so different doing it that way, and then transitioning into the clinic, that's it's night and day," marveled Dr. Greg White, a UK College of Dentistry alumnus and orthodontist at White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics.
Classes in the lab begin Thursday, August 15.