We recently came across this insightful article by Dr. Cindy Roark in Forbes Magazine.
She reiterated some important facts that the ATDA has previously discussed:
-Remote smartphone scanning allows a patient to take images that provide exponentially more information than what can be seen on a standard photo image or viewed on a screen during an online dental appointment. To produce a picture of a patient’s tooth and gum health, AI scans can benchmark virtually every surface of each tooth against millions of indexed images. These scanned images can be used by a dentist to remotely analyze inflammation of tissue, gum recession and tooth integrity in sub-millimeter increments, which allows for a highly informed prognosis and treatment plan.
-Other exciting emerging technologies include high-resolution intra-oral scanners.
-Teledentistry could be used to triage patients in need of emergency care.
-[Teledentistry] is being used for regular check-ups for orthodontic patients, allowing DSOs to reduce the number of in-office visits for patients and their families.