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Teledentistry is the provision of real time and offline dental care such as
diagnosis, treatment planning, consulting and follow-up, via electronic
transmission from different sites.1
Teledentistry provides an opportunity for patients in remote locations to have
their dental information reviewed by dental specialists.
An example of a computer system that can provide such a service would one
consisting of an intraoral camera, fame grabber, scanner, desktop personal
computer, colour printer and an Internet connection via a regular phone line.
More sophisticated systems might involve the use of hospital information systems
(HIS). Whatever the structure of the system, the obvious advantage of
teledentistry is the remote linking of patients with dental care specialists.
This was one of the goals of the Web-based Teledentistry consultation system
developed for the United States Department of Defense dental clinics at various
sites in the USA and Europe. Specialist review consults, including dental
images or radiographs, sent to them and provide diagnosis and treatment plans.
This project is known as the Total Dental Access (TDA) and it focuses on three
areas of dentistry – patient care, continuing dental education and dental
At Temple University School of Dentistry, CMSWeb, a Web-based clinical
information system has been developed to make computer-based oral health
records available on the Web as part of its efforts to make teledentistry a
Chen, J. W.; et al. Teledentistry and its use in dental
education. J Am Dent Assoc. 2003 Mar;134(3):342-6
Rocca, M. A.; et al. 1999. [WWW] The Evolution of a
Teledentistry System Within the Department of Defense.
http://www.amia.org/pubs/symposia/D005388.PDF (25TH September
Schleyer, T. K.; Dassari V. R. Computer-based oral health
records on the World Wide Web. Quintessence Int. 1999 Jul;30(7):451-60
Webpage on teledentistry by Jordan Dental Center.
Examples of Teledentistry
Examples on how teledentistry consultations are carried out.
An article by Paul Downes.
Future of Teledentistry
An article by Jeffrey M. Birnbach, published in the Journal of the California