Teledentistry: effects are uncertain

Added April 22, 2020

Citation: Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Tennant M, et al. A systematic review of the research evidence for the benefits of teledentistry. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 2018; 24(3): 147-56

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What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the suspension of many types of routine health and social care, including dental services in some countries. Existing research into teledentistry, a combination of digital and telecommunication technology and dentistry, might provide information that could help at this time.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for comparative effectiveness studies of teledentistry, both clinical and economic, versus traditional clinical approaches. They restricted their search to articles published in English and did their search in November 2016. They included 4 randomised trials, 5 non-randomised trials and 2 non-controlled studies.

What works: Nothing noted.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: The effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and long-term outcomes of teledentistry applications are uncertain.

 

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