Teledentistry refers to the use of telecommunications technology to provide dental care and services remotely. It involves the exchange of dental information, including patient consultations, evaluations, diagnoses, treatment planning, and even some treatment procedures, through video conferencing, online communication platforms, and digital imaging. Teledentistry enables dentists to provide virtual oral health consultations and support to patients who are unable to visit the dental office physically.
There are several key components of teledentistry:
Teledentistry offers several benefits, including:
It’s important to note that teledentistry has limitations and is not a replacement for all dental procedures. In-person dental visits are still necessary for comprehensive examinations, complex treatments, and certain diagnostic procedures. However, teledentistry is a valuable adjunct that expands access to care, improves patient engagement, and enhances oral health outcomes for many patients.