Teledentistry FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to teledentistry.


What is teledentistry?


Teledentistry is a modern approach to dental care that uses cutting-edge technology, including audio and video interactions. This allows patients all over the world access to remote consultations, diagnosis and patient education with experts from their own homes or offices via webcam.

When did teledentistry start?


In 1994, the Department of Defense started a program called "total dental access." This initiative sought to improve patient care, promote communication and increase dental education by providing teeth-related information through Teledentistry.

How does virtual dentistry work?


Virtual dentistry is the latest dental trend that allows you to receive a consultation without ever having a direct appointment. The dentist will use text messages, video calls or even just using their phone in order for them to discuss your problems and determine if there's anything serious going on with the tooth before scheduling any more follow up procedures. You can get in contact with a dental office, either by phone or online to discuss any problems you may have. Some virtual dentistry tools provide the convenience of receiving expert advice without having to leave your home.

What is the ADA code for teledentistry?


D9995 is the ADA (American Dental Association) code for teledentistry.

What can teledentistry be used for?


Teledentistry provides and supports dental care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of dental information and education.

Uses of teledentistry:

  1. Emergency dental care
  2. Electronic prescriptions
  3. Post-operative appointments
  4. Common pediatric dental problems (ectopic eruption or shark teeth), space maintainer issues, exfoliating primary tooth, debonded crown, aphthous ulcer, teething discomfort, orthodontic appliance problems.

Does teledentistry reduce costs for patients?


Yes. Teledentistry is a more economical and safer alternative to traditional dentistry while also greatly reducing their chances for expensive procedures like root canal therapy or dental implants.

How can teledentistry save patients money?


Teledentistry provides patients with lower cost alternatives for dental care while also helping to reduce the probability of more serious, expensive procedures through proactive preventive dental care.

What are the benefits of teledentistry for the dental service providers?

  1. Improved clinical efficiency and safety
  2. Ease of referrals and seeking second opinions from other dentists
  3. Increased customer base
  4. Enhanced patient education and engagement
  5. Increased revenue