A recent research article published in BMC Oral Health concluded that most dental emergency encounters do not result in definitive treatment; rather, patients often return to the dentist at a later date for that treatment. Where possible, dental providers could utilize teledental services to triage patients to appropriate care.
The goal of the research, which analyzed data from 2013 to 2017, was to better understand the frequency of dental emergencies and the procedures performed during those emergency visits, helping providers, insurers, and policymakers understand workforce and care provision needs.
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