Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 10

Tele - Dentistry: An Un-charted Tool

Raghunand Sindhe J1*, Aman Deep Sodhi2, Vathsala Naik3, Sangeetha R4, A R Vinod Kumar5 and Swaroop R Telkar2

1Master of Dental Surgery, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yeshaswi Dental Clinic, India
2Reader, Master of Dental Surgery, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences, India
3Master of Dental Surgery, Professor and HOD, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences, India
4Master of Dental Surgery, Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences, India
5Master of Dental Surgery, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences, India

*Corresponding Author: Raghunand Sindhe J, Master of Dental Surgery, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yeshaswi Dental Clinic, India.

Received: September 19, 2020; Published: September 30, 2020

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Abstract

Background: Tele-dentistry has been considered as a practical and potentially cost-effective method of providing healthcare to the general population including those living in remote or rural areas and those who lack regular access to routine dental care.

Objectives

  • To assess the feasibility of Tele-diagnosis in the field of Oral Medicine and Radiology.
  • To assess the accuracy of Tele-diagnosis in the field of Oral Medicine and Radiology.
  • To assess the time lapse in initiating the treatment based on Tele-consultation.

Materials and Methods: A Multi-centric study comprising of 30 patients, with questionable lesions/conditions in the Oral and Maxillofacial region which posed as a diagnostic challenge and further required confirmation of diagnosis with additional investigations (Histo-pathological, serological or advanced radiographic investigations) were included in the study. Three remote consultants specialized in the field of Oral Medicine and Radiology were consulted by the path of tele-dentistry, whose diagnosis was correlated among them and with that of the gold standard.

Results: Remote consultant 1, 2 and 3 had given a correct diagnosis in 70%, 80% and 76.7% cases respectively, which accounts for about 75.5% cases, in which the correct diagnosis was given. The cross tabulation of the diagnosis given by remote consultant 1 and 2, 1 and 3, 2 and 3 showed a kappa value of 0.3, 0.8 and 0.3 respectively.

Conclusion: Further research in the field of tele-dentistry with a larger study sample of may change the face and future of tele-dentistry and in reality it may be used in our day to day clinical practice. The importance of early identification, diagnosis and timely management of the diseases is the need of the hour.

Keywords: Tele-dentistry; Consultants; Diagnosis; Time; Tele Communication; Distant

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Citation

Citation: Raghunand Sindhe J., et al. “Tele - Dentistry: An Un-charted Tool". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.10 (2020): 126-132.



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