Macaroni and mops: dentistry’s new building blocks
Dentist and oral rehabilitation lecturer Dr Ebrahim Patel has his students smiling with innovative classes
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.
Patel said dentistry teaching took a huge knock during Covid-19, when the country went into complete lockdown and all teaching had to move online...