March 6, 2011
“It makes the opportunity for me to be in the room without actually being in the room,” Karp said.
Amaya lives more than an hour away from Rochester’s Eastman dental center. It’s a rural area in upstate New York where tooth decay is a major problem.
“I don’t think a lot of private offices realize how much decay is still out there in children,” said Dr. Tony Mendicino.
Some of these families that use these rural dental clinics lack the financial resources to travel to center’s like Eastman when they are in need of more complex dental procedures.
“We have children coming from hours away. And so, when there’s only one provider in the upstate or a few providers, that are doing these services, the need is constantly increasing,” Karp said.
Through tele-dentistry, real-time videoconferencing, Karp can assess a patient’s dental health and get a feel for how a child behaves. All this information helps Karp develop a treatment plan without actually having to see the patient in his office.
Image via Wikipedia
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
read more >>