Challenges with use of an intra-oral camera for teledentistry in research and practice

Pentapati, Kalyana Chakravarthy and Siddiq, Hanan (2020) Challenges with use of an intra-oral camera for teledentistry in research and practice. International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 11 (sup-1). pp. 1861-1866. ISSN 0975-7538

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Teledentistry, with the use of an intra-oral camera (IOC), can overcome numerous challenges. The visual nature of oral diseases and dental treatments is ideal for practising teledentistry, especially during COVID-19. Images or videos of the oral cavity to evaluate caries, plaque, calculus, tooth wear, ϐluorosis, and stains can be captured by a trained and calibrated examiner with IOC. The IOC was shown to be a reliable tool to identify common oral diseases. Certain limitations like low illumination can be overcome by using IOC as they are equipped with a light-emitting diode which can offer superior visualisation and inbuilt magniϐication of the oral cavity. However, there is a possibility of overestimation of the disease. IOC can also be used for patient education through the “show and tell” concept in real-time like showing the areas where the disease may be a concern like plaque, calculus, and early signs of tooth decay. However, it may be challenging to diagnose diseases remotely in real-time and simultaneously seek specialist consultations and recommendations relating to the treatment protocols for numerous conditions. This manuscript reviews the challenges concerning communication, ethics, teamwork, consumables, data storage, and analysis which could be encountered with the use of IOC in this era of teledentistry and COVID-19.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intra-Oral camera; teledentistry; Real-Time; telehealth; dental; caries; plaque; stains; oral diseases.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2021 06:00
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2021 06:00

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