For some dentists, teledentisry provides an efficient and convenient option to triage patients for urgent care or perform regular check-ups. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As states urged people to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many dentists saw few, if any, patients for non-emergency appointments. This served as a moment for dentists to pause and think about the future of their practices and what a sensible operating model would look like going forward. It may have even prompted some older dentists to consider retirement.

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