3D Technology Development and Dental Education: What Topics Are Best Suited for 3D Learning Resources?

Paulina Poblete (Lead / Corresponding author), Sean McAleer, Andrew G. Mason

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The aim of this study is to identify topics (knowledge and skills) from the dental curricula that would benefit from having a 3D learning resource using an exploratory sequential design method. The first phase targeted stakeholders from a Scottish dental school. Seven focus groups and three interviews disclosed 97 suitable topics for 3D technology development. These results were used to construct a survey that was sent to final year dental students, newly dental graduates and academics from three Scottish universities. The survey asked participants to rank each item based on the perceived benefit that a 3D learning resource would have for dental education. Results revealed that detailed anatomy of the temporomandibular joint, dental anaesthesiology, dental clinical skills techniques, dental occlusion and mandibular functioning were top priorities. Gender differences only appeared in relation to 'Extraction techniques: movements and force' (p < 0.05), this topic was considered to be more beneficial by females than by males. No statistical difference was found when comparing results of graduates with undergraduates. These results serve as a starting point when developing a new 3D technology tool for dental education, considering users demands and perceived needs has the potential to benefit dental students and dental education directly.

Original languageEnglish
Article number95
Number of pages13
JournalDentistry Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020


  • three dimensional
  • educational technology
  • dental education
  • needs assessment
  • Educational technology
  • Dental education
  • Needs assessment
  • Three dimensional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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