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Teledentistry: Dental Care In The Time of COVID-19

April 6, 2020

Filed under: Support — cpranadental @ 12:34 pm
emergency dentist in Lincoln Park providing a patient with a teledentistry virtual appointment

During the time of COVID-19, social distancing and self-isolating is crucial, especially if you’re someone who’s at a higher risk of experiencing life-threatening symptoms. Unfortunately, even if you’re staying home, you’ll likely still have dental needs that should be met. That’s why teledentistry is becoming a popular service provided by your emergency dentist in Lincoln Park. Not only does it allow patients to address urgent dental situations virtually, but it also means that they won’t have to come into contact with other people unless they require treatment. Read on to learn more about teledentistry and how it works.

What is Teledentistry?

Even though teledentistry has been around for years, when COVID-19 became widespread, dentists around the country began adopting it as a regular service for their patients. Self-isolation and limiting person-to-person contact plays one of the most vital parts of preventing the spread of this potentially life-threatening virus. With virtual dental care, patients are able to safely distance themselves without jeopardizing their oral health by putting off severe toothaches or other painful issues.

A teledentistry appointment involves a consultation with a dentist in Lincoln Park and a patient. The patient can send pictures or even a video of their issue and their dentist will examine it and explain their findings virtually. If the issue requires in-person treatment, then they can schedule an appointment. However, if the problem can be solved at home, they’ll be able to provide the patient with a home treatment plan through a video chatting application.  

How Can Teledentistry Benefit Patients?

Teledentistry has countless benefits to offer, especially in the time of COVID-19. Here are some key advantages of the service:

  • It makes dental care more accessible, because 80 percent of the country has internet access.
  • Insurance companies are beginning to cover teledentistry appointments, making it more cost-effective than ever.
  • Non-contact dental care can reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Instead of visiting the ER, which is already overwhelmed with potentially ill patients, people seeking emergency dental care can request a virtual appointment with their dentist first.
  • If a medication is needed, dentists can send a prescription virtually for convenience.
  • Easy and cost-effective solution for follow-up appointments.

Why is Teledentistry Important During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Government officials, the CDC, and WHO are urging people around the country to limit their travel and interaction with others in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Many dentists are doing their part to accommodate patients in need of dental attention by offering teledentistry. Not only is this effort reducing the number of patients seeking care from already overwhelmed emergency rooms, but it’s also keeping healthy patients from potentially risking their wellbeing by visiting highly trafficked areas.

If you require emergency dental care, be sure to check your local dentist’s website to see if they offer teledentistry. With a contact-free consultation, you can stay safe and get a professional’s opinion on whether you require in-person attention.

About the Practice

At Comprehensive Dental, we offer the care and expertise of three skilled dentists. Each of our professionals strives to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and treatments in the dental world and regularly pursues advanced education courses. Our team also has experience treating patients of all ages and is also happy to provide emergency dental care to children. For questions or to schedule a virtual emergency dental appointment, visit our website or call 973-633-5666.

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