When you have a dentistry practice to run, you know how important it is to keep up with advances in technology. One of the newer ideas that could change our practices is teledentistry.

Teledentistry uses more than just intraoral cameras to help your practice, it allows you to securely share the photos with patients outside of the office, use them as reminders for future visits, and some patients can even send images from home. Here are just a few benefits of Teledentistry that can enhance your practice.

Grow your patient base

Right now, teledentistry communication are fairly rare in the industry, and that can be a selling point with patients. If you're using it right, it's likely that to increase word of mouth surrounding your practice. Because teledentistry is so new, novel and convenient, it's more likely to be talked about by your patients to their friends and family.

Improve patient reminders

Using teledentistry, your patients can be sent pictures to help inform them of their particular situation. These can be emailed to the patient as a reminder for treatment, and will also relay the message that it is imperative they do not cancel their appointment. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words! Images have the ability to reinforce the importance of a procedure, thus improving your recall rate. And those successful follow up visits and treatments will give you the return on investment that you are looking for.

Retain patients

Nowadays, we carry cameras around with us everywhere. They may not be the high-quality intraoral cameras that are used in dental practices, but they are effective nonetheless. With teledentistry, patients will be able to communicate with you in a way that is convenient for them, using pictures if need be to allow you to better diagnose and plan before an appointment.

Appointments will be scheduled more appropriately because you will be able to see images and know if a more in-depth procedure that will take an hour or more is needded, or if the necessary procedure will be short and under a half hour. Also, if they move or leave town for a long period of time, you will still be able to keep them as a patient remotely.

Expand your portfolio

When your patients are getting care that they feel takes less time, and gives more accurate results, you'll find that your portfolio will be stronger and larger. The accuracy that teledentistry provides will not go unnoticed by patients, or by the staff that works at your dentist practice. Reviewing images with your patients will give you the tools you need to productively and effectively advise when a visit is needed, if one is needed at all.

Stay at the forefront of your industry

When you have a dentistry practice, it's important that to keep up with technological advances that you can take advantage of. These will not only keep you at the forefront of your industry, but it will make life more convenient for your patients and improve their overall experience when they visit you.