Teledentistry in practice: literature review

Telemed J E Health. 2013 Jul;19(7):565-7. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0200. Epub 2013 May 14.


Teledentistry can be defined as the remote provision of dental care, advice, or treatment through the medium of information technology, rather than through direct personal contact with any patient(s) involved. Within dental practice, teledentistry is used extensively in disciplines like preventive dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, periodontal conditions, detection of early dental caries, patient education, oral medicine, and diagnosis. Some of the key modes and methods used in teledentistry are electronic health records, electronic referral systems, digitizing images, teleconsultations, and telediagnosis. All the applications used in teledentistry aim to bring about efficiency, provide access to underserved population, improve quality of care, and reduce oral disease burden.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Care / methods*
  • Dentistry / methods*
  • Dentistry / trends
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Telecommunications
  • Telemedicine*