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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 413951, 9 pages
Research Article

Relative Contribution of Haptic Technology to Assessment and Training in Implantology

1School of Surgery Nancy-Lorraine, University of Lorraine, 54505 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France
2Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Lorraine, 54000 Nancy, France
3UMR-S1116, University of Lorraine, 54000 Nancy, France
4Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198, CNRS, Université de Lorraine, 54011 Nancy, France
5Collegium Santé, University of Lorraine, 54000 Nancy, France

Received 14 December 2013; Accepted 10 January 2014; Published 20 February 2014

Academic Editor: Patrick H. Warnke

Copyright © 2014 David Joseph et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The teaching of implant surgery, as in other medical disciplines, is currently undergoing a particular evolution. Aim of the Study. To assess the usefulness of haptic device, a simulator for learning and training to accomplish basic acts in implant surgery. Materials and Methods. A total of 60 people including 40 third-year dental students without knowledge in implantology (divided into 2 groups: 20 beginners and 20 experiencing a simulator training course) and 20 experienced practitioners (experience in implantology >15 implants) participated in this study. A basic exercise drill was proposed to the three groups to assess their gestural abilities. Results. The results of the group training with the simulator tended to be significantly close to those of the experienced operators. Conclusion. Haptic simulator brings a real benefit in training for implant surgery. Long-term benefit and more complex exercises should be evaluated.