Honors Projects


Having good hand-dexterity and hand-eye coordination are essential skills found in dentistry. Through the exploration of jewelry and metal making processes, a vast number of similarities can be tied to the metal casting process and dental practices used daily in nearly all offices. With a focus on effort and time devoted to the repeated processes of creation and finishing tooth shaped metal rings, an understanding of this relationship can be further understood. First shaped from wax, then casted with silver metal, realistic tooth shaped rings can be created with a correlation to improved manual dexterity. Psychomotor skills are associated to be one of the most significant factors affecting dental performance in and after dental school. They are required skills used to perform tasks such as jewelry making, and practice of these skills are complimentary in nature to observing improvements in both performance and efficiency. Exemplifying a scholarship learning outcome of integrative learning and written communication, a new perspective on manual dexterity and its relation to dentistry is explored.


Biological Sciences


Pre-Professional Program in Dentistry

First Advisor

Amy Wagner

First Advisor Department

Biological Sciences

Second Advisor

Tom Muir

Second Advisor Department

School of Art

Publication Date

Spring 5-7-2020