Have Smartphones Contributed in the Clinical Progress of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery? ZC22-ZC24
Dr. Jigar M. Dhuvad,
D-34: Ishan-1, Behind Seema Hall, Satellite, Ahmedabad, Gujara-380015, India.
Background: Dental surgeons who encounter complex situations, such as those in unscheduled care, often have limited resources to provide a structured and specialty care. Therefore, there is always a need for cost-effective, easy to handle, easy to carry âSmartphonesâ.
Objective: The purpose of this paper was to undertake a review of literature on âSmartphone in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeryâ online data-base and discuss the case series with emphasis on the role of attending dental surgeon and the maxillofacial surgeon.
Materials and Methods: The available literature relevant to oral and maxillofacial surgery in online data-base of the United States National Library of Medicine: PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) was searched. The inclusion criterion was to review the published clinical papers, abstracts and evidence based reviews on âUses of Smartphone in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeryâ.
Results: Six articles were found with the search term âSmartphone in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeryâ in the literature searched. Five articles met the inclusion criteria for the study. The relevant data was extracted, tabulated, and reviewed to draw evidence-based conclusions for uses of smartphone in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Conclusion: Utilization of smartphones in oral and maxillofacial surgery facilitate in differential diagnosis, treatment, follow up, prevention of the disease further and thereby improve the quality of patient care without requiring the presence of the maxillofacial surgeon in remote areas.