To those who graduated in 2021 – Congratulations! You have accomplished a goal to enter the dental profession and graduated in uncertain times. You have learned to adapt to change and embraced the unexpected as part of education and life. Entering the dental field as it evolved and embracing new technology to stay connected with patients through teledentistry, provides new opportunities in all aspects of dental care.
Opportunity abounds with teledentistry—data collection and collaboration between patients and providers is enhanced through digital means. The ability to provide assessments and case presentation through a secure patient portal can be used to build a budding dental career and enhance and existing one. Patients are experiencing telehealth and discovering the benefits and convenience it provides. From increased access to time and cost savings, teledentistry is being driven by patients and more in demand than ever.
You have completed years of higher education to earn a degree aimed at helping others, however dentistry includes life-long learning. Dental professional duties are a mix of providing care and patient education. Using an intraoral camera in your teaching helps demonstrate the need and provide the tangible evidence to patients.
An intraoral camera is an integral part of any successful practice, and they can be affordable addition to every operatory. Most of society are visual learners and intraoral images helps patients see what you see. They are proven useful in patient education, homecare instructions and increase case acceptance when used in conjunction with treatment plan presentations.