Teledentistry is a completely virtual and safe way to get the oral care you need without having to visit your dentist’s physical office. Although it has been around for years, many professionals are beginning to adopt this practice of virtual consultations due to the threat of COVID-19. Not only does this give patients peace-of-mind, but it also provides them with fast and effective diagnoses from their dentist to learn whether they need a treatment. Read on to learn more about virtual dentistry and how it can benefit you during COVID-19.
What Is a Virtual Dental Consultation Like?
When you schedule a virtual dental consultation, you’ll be able to send your dentist any pictures or videos of the symptoms you’re experiencing. They’ll contact you via a video chat service on your smart phone, laptop, or any other electronic device with those capabilities, and let you know what they see and any possible treatments that may be necessary to address the issue. If it can be solved by changing your oral hygiene routine at home or altering other aspects of your oral care, then they’ll provide you with a virtual plan. Otherwise, they’ll let you know if it’s something that requires an in-person examination or treatment.
What are the Benefits of Teledentistry?
During COVID-19, it can be anxiety-inducing going out in public, especially if you’re someone who is a high risk individual. Fortunately, with virtual dental care, you can get your problem addressed without needing to leave the safety of your own home. Here are some additional advantages that you can enjoy from these virtual visits:
- The ability to complete a virtual examination via photo and video exchange makes these services easily accessible and cost-effective.
- If you’re in need of antibiotics or other medications to help with an oral problem, your dentist can send a prescription after your consultation.
- Easy virtual follow-up appointments can ensure that you’re healing properly from a treatment.
- Many dental insurance companies are starting to cover virtual dental consultations.
These are only a handful of benefits that virtual dental care can offer you.
Why is it Important to Treat Oral Health Problems Immediately?
Although you may be tempted to put off any oral health problems until after the COVID-19 pandemic, the truth is, nobody knows when this will end. If you allow your oral issue to get worse, it could spread and cause permanent damage to your mouth. Not only will this likely result in the need for invasive dental treatments, but it can also sink your self-confidence.
If you’ve got an issue on your hands and want easy, fast, and effective assessment from a professional, be sure to schedule a virtual appointment. That way, you won’t have to self-isolate while constantly worried about the state of your oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Neely Thornton graduated at the top 10 percent of her class in 2006. With decades of experience under her belt, she’s able to offer high-quality dental care to her patients in need. She is passionate about advancing her education and sharpening her skills so she can best serve her patients. That’s why she’s also an active member of several professional organizations, such as the American Dental Association. For questions or to schedule a virtual consultation, visit our website or call 770-422-7727.