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The development of digital dentistry in the UK: An overview.

Eaton, Kenneth A. (2022) The development of digital dentistry in the UK: An overview. Primary dental journal, 11 (4). pp. 94-98. ISSN 2050-1684. (doi:10.1177/20501684221134198) (KAR id:99376)


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the benefits which digital technology offers to all aspects of dental practice and education. This paper provides an overview of how digital technology has enhanced clinical and administrative procedures within dental practice, including computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM), digital radiography, 3D printing, patient records, electronic patient referrals and electronic communications from dental practices. It then considers the development of teledentistry (mHealth) and its benefits in enabling distant consultations with patients, who for one reason or another are unable to visit dental practices easily. It then goes on to consider how and why digital dental distance learning materials were provided to general dental practitioners in England by the Department of Health (DoH) (England) and how they evolved. Finally, this paper considers the use of digital technology in dental education by dental schools.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/20501684221134198
Uncontrolled keywords: Digital dentistry; teledentistry; online learning; history; challenges
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > School of Education
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 10:42 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2023 15:19 UTC
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Eaton, Kenneth A..

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