Clinical relevance of digital dentistry during COVID-19 outbreak

a scoped review




Technology, dental, Dentistry, Workflow, COVID-19


Aim: To perform a scoped literature review on advantages of digital workflows in dentistry that could be widely adopted to address safety issues raised during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Methods: Recent studies on any advantages of digital dentistry – as compared to conventional methods – that could help addressing the new safety demands for dental treatments that emerged due to the current pandemic were included. PUBMED, Embase, and Web of Knowledge databases were searched for eligible articles published in the last five years. The guidelines of PRISMA statement were followed during data extraction and evaluation. Results: The present search strategy yielded 181 publications. After application of exclusion criteria, a total of 34 studies were finally considered eligible to be discussed. Among the most important advantages of digital dentistry that contribute to safety during the current pandemic are: reduced number of clinical appointments required, shorter chairside time, less invasive surgeries and safer procedures. Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, the findings observed herein suggest that the use of digital workflows in dentistry could lead to increased safety and reduced transmission of COVID-19 during the current pandemic.


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Author Biographies

Roberto Adrian Markarian , São Leopoldo Mandic School

São Leopoldo Mandic School, Campinas, Brazil.

Renan Lucio Berbel da Silva, University of São Paulo

Department of Stomatology, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Shaban Burgoa, GoBeyond Institution

GoBeyond Institution, Curitiba, Brazil. Department of Dentistry, Positivo University, Curitiba, Brazil.

Otavio Henrique Pinhata-Baptista, University of São Paulo

Department of Stomatology, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Juliana No-Cortes, University of Malta

Department of Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta, Msida, Malta.

Arthur Rodriguez Gonzalez Cortes, University of Malta

Associate Professor, Department of Dental Surgery, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta, Msida, Malta.


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Markarian RA, Silva RLB da, Burgoa S, Pinhata-Baptista OH, No-Cortes J, Cortes ARG. Clinical relevance of digital dentistry during COVID-19 outbreak: a scoped review. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2021 Jan. 4 [cited 2022 Oct. 5];19:e200201. Available from:



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