What is Teledentistry?
Teledentistry refers to a variety of technologies and tactics used to virtually deliver oral health and education services and helps to connect providers to other providers or connects providers directly with patients to enhance care and education delivery. Teledentistry services can expand oral health access, lower costs and improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction—making it a critical service to transform the oral health industry.
Now, more than ever, the use of teledentistry as an alternative method to care can provide much-needed access to urgent dental care when providers and patients can’t meet in person. In a crisis, dental providers can use teledentistry to consult with patients, triage their needs and offer limited urgent services without being in the same room. This alternative may help prevent patients from seeking care in emergency departments, where even under regular circumstances, treating oral health issues is often expensive and inefficient.