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J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2011 Jul;1(2):37-44. doi: 10.4103/2231-0762.97695.

Applications of teledentistry: A literature review and update.

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1
Department of Periodontics, Government Dental College & Hospital, Vijayawada, India.
2
Department of Periodontics, Sree Sai Dental College & Research Institute, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
3
Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Aditya Dental College, Beed, Maharashtra, India.
4
Department of Periodontics, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Teledentistry is a combination of telecommunications and dentistry involving the exchange of clinical information and images over remote distances for dental consultation and treatment planning. Teledentistry has the ability to improve access to oral healthcare, improve the delivery of oral healthcare, and lower its costs. It also has the potential to eliminate the disparities in oral health care between rural and urban communities. This article reviews the origin, rationale, scope, basis, and requirements for teledentistry, along with the current evidence that exists in the literature. This article also reviews the ethical and legal issues related to the practice of teledentistry and the future of this alternative and innovative method of delivering dental care.

KEYWORDS:

Information technology; internet; teleconsultation; teledentistry; telediagnosis; telemedicine

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