Perception and Knowledge about Digital Dentistry among Dental Students – A Cross-Sectional Study in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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V Samuel Santha Kumar
R Ganesh
Niveda Balakrishnan

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asses as a whole. When these technological advancements have been put to a good use, major milestone in medicine and dentistry can be achieved. Teledentistry is a combination of telecommunication technology and dental practice which shows a potential to enhance diagnosis and related treatment. This study investigates the current knowledge about technology and learning methods using the internet among dental students. Purpose: The purpose of the study was to determine the willingness of undergraduate dental students to use digital and electronic technologies in the field of dentistry. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 356 dental students in Chennai, India. A questionnaire was prepared to assess the knowledge about digital dentistry and was circulated among students in dental colleges. The data thus collected were statistically analyzed and results obtained. Result: A total of 356 students responded to the questionnaire. Among them 46% were males and 56% were females. 93% of the students agreed that the use of Internet and other technologies were popular, among dental students and 45% of students knew that teledentistry allows interactive programs and live consultations with the help of videoconferencing. Conclusion: According to this study, there is an unbalanced knowledge about digital dentistry among dental students. Hence, there is a need of awareness programs to instill positive attitudes

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V Samuel Santha Kumar, Priyadarshini Dental College and Hospital, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India

Intern, Department of Public Health Dentistry,

R Ganesh, Priyadarshini Dental College and Hospital, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India

Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, 

Niveda Balakrishnan, Priyadarshini Dental College and Hospital, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India

Intern, Department of Public Health Dentistry,