Introduction

“Many innovations in equipment and technique have been presented to the dental profession during recent years. The new modifications have resulted in easier work days for the dentist.”1 This was written by Dr. Harold C. Kilpatrick and published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry in 1960. It begs the question, “If dental ergonomics has been progressing since 1960, why are dental professionals still suffering from work-related pain?” Why are work-related musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive strain injuries still a growing problem in dentistry?