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Teledentistry: Is It Here To Stay?

Teledentistry is not a new concept, but it has certainly become a focal point for many medical professionals and patients over the last couple of years due to the daily impact of COVID-19.

For many years, teledentistry has been a useful — if not valuable — tool on many levels. Between electronic information sharing between facilities and interactive media that can convey critical information almost instantaneously, teledentistry has been a jewel in the proverbial crown for decades.

For people that are already pressed for time due to work or any of life’s many responsibilities, teledentistry has proven to be a beneficial supplement in terms of improving patients’ overall dental hygiene. In particular, it is helpful for those who are looking for improved convenience when it comes to scheduling regular office visits or engaging in routine oral health check-ups.

In addition to the general convenience that teledentistry offers both patients and medical providers, it also provides general financial savings. After all, traditional office visits that do not require in-person procedures typically cost more in comparison to telehealth, as they necessitate the involvement of multiple office personnel as well as a physical commute.

Another convenience of teledentistry is the ability to serve customers who don’t have immediate access to a dental health care provider. Those living in rural areas can take advantage of modern technology and have access to services and diagnostics that were previously unavailable before the advent of teledentistry.

With millions of patients taking advantage of the benefits of teledentistry each year, we don’t see it going away anytime soon. If you have questions about teledentistry and how we can help you here at McIlwain Dental Specialists, please don’t hesitate to reach out — we are here and happy to help you achieve and maintain the best possible oral health for you and your family!