What is Teledentistry?
Teledentistry is a service which allows dentists to perform a partial evaluation of your dental emergency without you ever needing to leave your home.
Although it’s no substitute for a full in-person exam, teledentistry is extremely helpful for identifying emergency dental treatment needs with our emergency dentist in Princeton, NJ, while everyone is “social distancing” during this unique time. If you’ve ever used an app to talk to your medical doctor or another healthcare provider, then you know exactly what you can expect with this type of care platform.
What’s Covered Under Remote Teledentistry?
- Interactive audio
- Video conferencing with a dentist
- Secure data communications
- Real-time evaluation with your dental provider
- Exchange of photo and video
- Diagnosis of dental conditions
- Treatment recommendations
- Prescription of medications
- Patient education and consultation
During your remote teledentistry evaluation, our Princeton dentist can provide you with one-on-one advice without you ever having to step foot into our Princeton dentist’s office. Sharing pictures and communicating through the online dentistry platform, we can decide whether you need a prescription, if the situation can wait, or if there’s an immediate need for you to meet Dr. Bestandji at our office for same-day emergency treatment.
And yes…teledentistry is HIPAA compliant so that your information is kept confidential throughout the entire remote teledentistry process.
Why Remote Dentistry?
Thanks to social distancing via remote dentistry, you’ll know exactly which steps to take for managing emergency dental treatment (without ever having to step foot into our Princeton dentist’s office.) Remote dentistry is a safe way to get real-time answers related to your oral health concerns, tooth pain, or related dental emergencies.
Remote teledentistry is a mainstream, modern way for dentists and their staff to communicate with patients outside of a traditional dental environment. In times like the COVID-19 crisis, it’s considered a safer alternative to venturing out. Plus, you have 24/7 access to a dental team, making it easier to fit personalized dental care into your schedule. Teledentistry doesn’t follow traditional appointment times. You have access to the dentist in the evenings and weekends when it’s normally hard to see a dentist.
Bonus: remote dentistry can be more affordable than in-person dental appointments. Since your screening and consultation are provided over the phone or mobile app, you save money on travel and any associated real-time appointment fees. Keep in mind, your dentist may not be able to perform a detailed, comprehensive exam or take necessary X-rays (for a full diagnosis), but you can at least receive an evaluation to rule out major issues. If worst comes to worst, our we can prescribe a medication to get you relief until we can physically treat you in our Princeton dentist’s office.
If you live far away from your dentist, are traveling or sheltering in place, teledentistry and other types of telehealth services put you virtually “face to face” with your provider, regardless of how much space is between you. Thanks to technology, you can safely “see” a dentist, even during times of social distancing, travel (like vacations or work trips), and weekend emergencies.
What if I Need Dental Treatment?
Just like other types of telehealth services, remote dentistry (teledentistry) isn’t a replacement for physical treatments such as fillings, root canals, extractions, etc. But it can buy you time and access to pain relief before you can physically get to the dentist’s office. It can also prevent unnecessary trips and appointments. By talking with our Princeton dentist via remote dentistry, you’ll have the peace of mind as to whether you need to get to our office for a specific type of procedure or treatment.
We’re proud to provide quality teledentistry treatments for all ages. Contact us today to arrange a virtual dental appointment!