Studies have shown that telemedicine consultations (consultations with a doctor or nurse over an electronic video link such as the internet) are as effective as traditional face-to-face consultations. (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 74:262-268, 2016). We have not yet gone to this method at our office, but it seems that it would make us more efficient and would be friendly for most patients’ busy lives and for those who have routine oral surgery needs. It would certainly be more convenient for most patients with basic needs – it could be done virtually anywhere with your phone. The problems I see are that in most examination and consultation visits, there may be need for more imagining, or other/different concerns may arise that may not be picked up in the telemedicine consult.

I do think that in the near future we will be able to handle most simple consults for wisdom teeth and routine extractions this way. There is some basic infrastructure which has to take place such as making consultation and consent videos, but the web makes that pretty easy and accessible. I will look forward to progress in this area.

If you have questions, call Wagner Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists at (262) 634-4646 to learn more.

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