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How Does Telehealth Work in Dentistry?

Dec 14, 2023

How Does Telehealth Work in Dentistry?

Telemedicine isn’t just for your general practitioner. In fact, there are many issues to discuss with your dentist over a telehealth appointment, some of which can be solved right in your own home.

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, telehealth use increased dramatically. A recent study found patient use jumped to 15 times pre-pandemic levels in five different states. 

And as a result, many people found telehealth to be a beneficial alternative to visiting their doctor every time they had a complaint, let alone better than not seeking help at all. 

But what about telehealth for dental services? You might think telehealth isn’t very useful in dentistry, but the truth is, many people can benefit from telemedicine appointments with their dentist or orthodontist. 

At Ueno Center Dental Specialists, we offer telehealth appointments for certain situations, many of which could help you. Our founder, Jeremy K. Ueno, DMD, and our other providers are available to you through online meetings. 

The telehealth boom and why it’s still relevant 

Because of the global pandemic, people who had the option to utilize telehealth appointments finally began taking advantage of them. This was mostly true for visits to a general practitioner, but many people also saw specialists, including dentists, orthodontists, and periodontists. 

Now that the world has been opening back up, some patients still choose telemedicine as a viable option for their health care needs. Why? For one, it’s often much more convenient than visiting a doctor. For another, it can be cheaper or even free with certain types of insurance. 

Being able to choose telehealth is still a good option in many situations, and for those who need dental care, it’s possible that your visit could be done through a telehealth appointment.

How telehealth works in dentistry 

Teledentistry has many benefits, especially for those living in low-income or rural areas who may need to travel long distances or pay high fees for dental care. 

The appointment usually begins with a discussion with your dentist about your complaints or needs. Beyond this, we may share materials — such as photos — back and forth to get a better picture of your situation.

In short, telehealth in dentistry works much the same as it does in general medicine. Of course, we can’t resolve certain issues (for example, tooth extraction) with this kind of treatment, but there are many instances in which telehealth appointments could benefit you.

Oral exam 

You can discuss your overall oral health with your dentist through telehealth. If you’re unsure if a symptom is serious, schedule an appointment to discuss it. We’ll be able to ask questions and determine if an in-person visit is necessary. 

Advice for oral care 

Some people have questions about how to care for their teeth but are afraid to ask. If this is true for you, schedule an appointment to simply discuss the best ways to brush, floss, and care for your teeth at home. 

Post-procedure follow-up

Going back to our office isn’t always necessary after a procedure. If you’re worried about anything, schedule a follow-up appointment through telehealth to discuss the situation and ensure you’re healing properly. 

Cosmetic dentistry discussion

Have you been wondering if you’re ready for dental implants? Or maybe your small teeth make you feel self-conscious. Whatever the situation, being able to discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry before setting foot in our office is an incredible benefit of telemedicine. 

Schedule your appointment today

Telemedicine for dental work is an option, and depending on your needs, it may be the first or last step in your treatment plan. Let us help you through this easy, fast diagnostic method today.

Call or make an appointment online for a telehealth visit, or you can see us in our Campbell, California, office.