Enhancing Pre-Clinical Dentistry Education with Virtual Reality-based Simulators: A Collaboration of Aruvana and Gadjah Mada University

If we trace the education system in dentistry, there are indeed many layers. We hope that the application of VR can make the part of the pre-clinical skill lab more interactive and not monotonous. And the expectations for its application are clearly numerous. Therefore, we really hope that this development does not stop here, but later there will also be trials and evaluations so that later we can turn the virtual world into a fun educational facility for students and also in the end they have more qualified skills, breaking boundaries that we cannot. crash in the real world.

-drg. Osa Amila Hafiyyah MDSc. Sp. Perio
Lecturer FKG UGM


Dental education has evolved over the years and various technologies have been integrated into teaching methods to enhance students’ pre-clinical skills and enable a smooth transition to clinical practice.
In the previous learning system, clinical skills that approached clinical settings were carried out by proband action practicum between friends. The proband is usually a person who is willing to be a subject in a clinical simulation. Practicum activities involving friends’ probands are considered to represent the patient’s condition because they use probands. As attention is being paid to ethical aspects in medicine, direct-to-human learning is discouraged.
Another challenge is the difficulty for dental students to observe and study the anatomy of the oral cavity in the real world. Traditional pre-clinical dental education requires significant investment in dental models, mannequins, and other materials. Virtual Reality can overcome these challenges and provide opportunities for students to learn pre-clinical dentistry skills directly according to the settings and situations in the clinical service environment.


Eliminating boundaries in interacting with patients

Reducing the cost of procuring tools and materials for pre-clinics

Possible to complete rare case execution setup

Increase the efficiency of training and learning time