The Simulation Clinic helps first- and second-year students make a smooth transition from the preclinical to clinical setting. The Sim clinic provides opportunity for juniors and seniors to refine skills for clinical board/licensure exams and offers a realistic environment for practitioners taking continuing education courses.
Simulation Clinic Features
- Electric Handpieces
- Individual Operatories arranged into pods
- Adjustable reclining mannequins
- Digital Intra-Oral Scanners
Eighty operatories are clustered in modules that accommodate right- and left-handed students. Each operatory has an adjustable mannequin with with a realistic mouth. Students work through dental procedures with step-by-step instructions and faculty guidance.
Faculty instructors utilize each unit's computer to broadcast presentations and live video demonstrations of dental techniques.
The south half of the Dental Science Building is dedicated to the patient clinics and is large enough to accommodate 165,000 patient visits each year. Clinics provide students with the opportunity to practice dentistry in specific fields as there are clinic areas specific for Operative, Preventive, Radiology, Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics, Orthodontics, and Family Dentistry.
Students begin working in the clinic near the end of the first year. Second year students place sealants, composite and amalgam fillings, and also do cleanings for patients. Third year students rotate through each area of the clinic. Fourth year students work mainly in the Family Dentistry clinic, which is designed to simulate private practice.