The emergence of COVID-19 has forced dentists to look at new ways of providing care for patients while minimizing the spread of disease. Teledentistry is a service that allows your dentist to provide you with some dental services without ever stepping into their office. All you need is an internet connection and webcam to make it work. If you’re unfamiliar with this service, this article will show you how it works.
How An Appointment Works
When you first notice you have a dental problem, you’ll need to reach out to your dentist. Many practices will have links on their websites that will allow you to book a “virtual appointment.” Once you’re booked, your dentist will provide you with instruction to join a video conference on the day of your appointment. You’ll be able to speak to your dentist and show him your issue over a webcam. Using your existing dental X-rays, they will attempt to diagnose your issue and give you the proper next steps to take.
For many minor issues, your dentist will be able to recommend treatments that you can perform at home to take care of the problem. He may also be able to prescribe you medications as well. If your dentist determines you have a serious issue, they will ask you to come into the office for care.
What Services Are Offered Through Teledentistry?
Teledentistry is ideal for issues that don’t require hands on care. Problems that you should consider booking a virtual appointment for include:
- Minor toothaches
- Unexplained sensitivity
- Initial consultations for cosmetic procedures, such as whitening or veneers
There are some situations that shouldn’t wait for a virtual appointment. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, then you need to go to an emergency room or call your emergency dentist immediately for help. Examples of dental emergencies are:
- Broken jaw
- Bleeding gums
- Loose, cracked, or knocked out teeth
- Swelling the interferes with your breathing
- Fractured crowns
Do I Still Need To Go In For Regular Visits If I Use Teledentistry Services?
Teledentistry is exceptionally convenient. Not only does it save time but it lowers your risk of exposure to the coronavirus. However, this technology doesn’t eliminate the need for regular dental visits. Your dentist can’t do in depth dental examinations over a webcam, and you still need to attend regular cleaning visits to prevent the buildup of plaque beneath your gumline.
Slowing the spread of COVID-19 requires you to limit the time you spend outside your home. However, that doesn’t mean you need to wait until the virus is gone to find care for your dental issues. When you notice pain in your mouth, scheduling a teledentistry appointment with your dentist will allow you to handle the issue before it becomes something serious.
About the Practice
The team at Los Gatos Dental Group continues to provide patient focused care during the COVID-19 crisis. They have implemented teledentistry appointments to give patients consultations and postoperative checkups while they remain in their homes. If you’re interested in an elective dental procedure and would like to schedule a virtual appointment, you can reach out to them through the practice’s website or at 408-402-0900.