The purpose of this study was to develop an assessment strategy for preclinical foxed prosthodontics using a virtual assessment software. This descriptive study examined 80 collected ivory teeth from previous classes prepared during preclinical fixed prosthodontics course. Ivory teeth prepared for the complete cast (tooth no. 46), metal ceramic (teeth nos 24 and 46), and all ceramic (tooth no. 21) crowns were scanned and superimposed with their respective standard preparations. Differences between these teeth and standard teeth prepared by faculty were computed using Compare software to generate comparison percentages. In addition, average finish line width, average total occlusal convergence, average axial wall height, and undercut presence/absence were quantified for student preparations using the software. Software-generated values were then descriptively compared with faculty assessments. Comparison percentages aligned with faculty assessments for the amount of occlusal/incisal reduction and finish line location. The average axial wall height and finish line width calculated by Compare software were grouped based on their respective faculty assessment criteria. Software-generated comparison percentages may be used to assess the amount of occlusal/incisal reduction and finish line location in student preparations. Additionally, averages extracted from Compare software could be used to assess student performance for axial wall height and finish line width.
Keywords: compare software; dental education; fixed prosthodontics; virtual assessment.