Dental students at the University of Dundee have become the first in the UK to be trained to carry out surgical dental treatment on specially embalmed bodies.
The Thiel method of embalming which has been adopted by the university leaves cadavers with more life-like properties than those embalmed in the standard way.
Bodies are donated for the purposes of teaching, training and research, and arrangements for dental students to be able to be trained using the bodies were made though the universities Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification.
Now a pilot project has been successfully carried out with third-year students in the School of Dentistry, ahead of the bodies being more widely used for dentistry teaching.
‘The Thiel bodies give us an excellent and very lifelike way of training dentists before they have live patients,’ said Dr Christine Hanson, associate specialist lecturing in oral surgery at Dundee, who led the pilot project.