Healthcare requires special attention to each patient. It is reflected in the high requirements of the HCW’s qualification as well as in comforting the patient. Virtual and augmented reality are great tools to help meet both the first and the second needs. Let’s take a closer look at where AR and VR can help healthcare professionals in the field of dentistry.

As an Element of Interactive Learning

Thanks to VR and AR, you can recreate any situation in a virtual environment. It, in turn, allows you to interact with equipment and patients, learn and sharpen your working methods and skills. And you only need a VR headset and a software. Nothing more! With this fairly inexpensive device, you can train any experience, work with any equipment, and do it without being tied to any place.

Moreover, according to recent studies, medical students who were given VR training completed it 20% faster and completed 38% more steps correctly than those in the traditionally trained group (Western Orthopedic Association). Its main advantage is the ability to immerse in learning situations without any threads for trainees.

Opportunity to Study Remotely

One of the main advantages of using VR and AR for training is the ability to practice anywhere, even at home. Besides, you can conduct joint training with people who are in different places. It helps to share experiences and set up the most effective communication between specialists.

To Achieve the Effect of Real-Time Surgery

Students can watch lessons on prosthetics and oral treatment as a direct participant in the procedure. Also, they can not only watch the prepared scenario of the operation, but also try to reproduce it individually, in pairs, or under the guidance of a professional.

Virtual reality allows you to connect to the training an unlimited number of trainees. So students can train complex operations as a whole. Moreover, virtual reality training applications allow you to record the progress of each trainee, check the correctness of their tasks, and so on. It is especially useful for Training, Retraining, and Refreshing Competence Centers.

Ability to Shape the Future Result

In dentistry, namely in prosthetics, the accuracy of the final result plays an essential role. However, developing a model of a patient’s future perfect smile requires skills and special equipment. Generally, it needs about 3–4 months after the dental prosthetic treatment until the wound heals to install dentures.

However, without modeling the future result at the initial stage there is a high probability of dentist error, which leads to occlusion dysfunction. The best solution is the pre-surgical plan, which you can create by using AR and VR technologies. Such an app helps you to adjust and design the precise placement of the implant, and not only shorten the operation time because of the small wound or even the flapless surgery, but also accurately predict and avoid the nerve.

As a Pain Reliever during Painful Procedures

A good dental clinic always tries to make the patient’s visit as pleasant as possible. However, quite often the treatment of the oral cavity causes discomfort to the patient. How to reduce such negative effects without using anesthesia? The best solution is a VR application that can relax your patients during dental treatment as well as advertise your clinic. In particular, you can show meditation videos, educational videos about oral care, or stories about your hospital that will be interesting and useful to patients.

App Development Time and Prices

Application development is usually quite a complex task. Below we have tried to summarize the creation of VR and AR applications for dentistry. Descriptions and prices are approximate. Please, contact us to learn more.

VR Training Simulators

Thanks to the immersion such apps boost training retention and performance. These solutions help to make training cost-effective and educate people in a safe environment.

Let’s take a medical VR training simulator for dentists as an example. The main task of any training simulator is creating hyper-realistic 3D images and the environment takes more than 4 weeks. App development can take from one week up to several months, depending on the complexity of the project.

The approximate price for VR Training Simulator development starting from $6 900.

Augmented Reality Solutions

1. “Perfect Smile” AR App

If you want to help your patients to visualize how they would look like after the dental procedures we recommend creating a “Perfect Smile AR App”. Such an app replaces a patient’s teeth with 3D overlays. This AR tool can be created in 8-12 weeks.

2. AR Manual

Users have difficulties in finding and understanding a solution in a large user manual and sometimes they misunderstand procedures. If there was a mobile app that would help to deal with dental chairs or any other special equipment without a handbook, wouldn’t it be great? Augmented reality gives a possibility to create an interactive user manual. To create such an app on average takes 4-8 weeks.

3. Augmented Reality Training

AR Training experience with digital twin heavily depends on scenario complexity and additional features such as user management, roles management, and analytics. Simple scenarios with 3D assets provided can be delivered in 4-6 weeks.

What Are Your Next Steps?

If you are looking for a brand-new and cost-effective solution, you are at the right place.

Smart Tek team will determine the right combination of technologies for your project as well as provide you with various services including VR/AR app design, development, and 3D modeling.

Want to get a quote for your project – just contact us.

Denys Pavlov
Denys Pavlov Head of Immersive (AR/VR) Department at SmartTek Solutions