Is Teledentistry Effective and Is It Here to Stay?


Teledentistry is an effective way to conduct appointments, according to a new study – but faces significant barriers in the post-pandemic world.

Carried out by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) at the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), the study looked into the use of teledentistry as a strategy.

It was heavily used during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to improve access to oral health services despite full or partial closures of dental practices.

The study suggests teledentistry offers an effective way to conduct appointments involving triage, consultation, diagnosis, referral, follow-up and health education. As a result, this reduces the number of in-person visits.

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