Macaroni, mops and root canals: dentistry’s new building blocks

Dentist and oral rehabilitation lecturer Dr Ebrahim Patel has his students smiling with innovative classes

20 September 2021 - 19:46

Mops and brooms as analytical dental instruments, wooden blocks built into a tooth, combined with Lego for added reference — these are all part of the new world of online dentistry teaching.

This ingenious concept - to give dental students a clear, three-dimensional tutorial on how to perform a root canal treatment - is the brainchild of Dr Ebrahim Patel, the head of preclinical teaching: operative dentistry and endodontics at Wits University’s School of Oral Health Sciences in Johannesburg...

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