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Dovetail is a browser based, integrated practice management solution. The system is suitable for dental offices of all sizes including specialists such as periodontists, endodontists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons.  Users of... Read More
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ACE Dental Software

ACE Dental is a scalable, on-premise Practice Management solution that offers a variety of features for aiding in the day-to-day management of a dental office. Applications include appointment scheduling with automated appointment... Read More
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Denticon offers a sophisticated, affordable web-based solution suitable for single location dental practices. The customizable system is a combination of practice management and revenue cycle management.
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iDentalSoft is a complete dental practice management solution that offers integrated charting, billing, scheduling, and imaging. The system offers flexible deployment options and compatibility with an Internet-connected device. HIPAA-compliant... Read More
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Curve Dental

Curve Dental is a Web-based system that is cost-friendly and easily accessible. A back-to-back winner of the Best in Class for Technology Award by Pride Institute, Curve is a great system for improving office workflow.
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MaxiDent is an integrated suite of dental products that enables providers to manage all aspects of their practice, from check-in to appointment reminders and digital record transfer. Applications include clinical charting, billing,... Read More
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Practice-Web is open-source dental software suitable for practices of all sizes, offering charting, imaging, billing, patient scheduling and practice management modules. Practice-Web is an on-premise system compatible with Windows... Read More
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Datacon is a fully integrated clinical charting, billing, and patient scheduling system that provides a host of features for dental practices. This completely scalable system is a great choice for growing practices, and can meet the... Read More
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DentiMax is an effective charting and Practice Management system suitable for small to mid-sized practices. The easy-to-use system offers data conversion from many previous forms of software.
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Founded in 2000, Solutionreach is a cloud-based medical practice management system designed for offices of all sizes and specialties. This product provides doctors with scheduling, reminder and messaging modules to improve patient... Read More
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Patterson Dental’s Eaglesoft software is a Meaningful Use and ONC-ATCB certified on-premise dental office practice management system. Well suited for practices of all sizes, it includes a clinical chart, patient scheduling and billing/accounting... Read More
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Dentrix Ascend

Dentrix Ascend is a web-based software suite for dental care. The software suite provides tools for scheduling, appointment booking, e prescribing, and monitoring continuing care, as well as various chart types. Users can enter clinical... Read More
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RxNT offers a suite of cloud-based solutions including RxNT|EHR, RxNT|eRx, and RxNT|PM. These three solutions are available for purchase in standalone form or within an integrated suite and are accessible on any connected mobile device... Read More
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Dentrix Enterprise

Dentrix Enterprise by Henry Schein is a fully integrated solution for dental care. It is suitable for organizations like large dental groups, DSOs, multi-location practices, community health centers, hospitals, correctional facilities... Read More
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Carestream Dental

Carestream Dental offers dental and oral health industry professionals a variety of high quality practice management and digital imaging solutions. Their products cater to both single and multi-specialty practices.
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Dentisoft Office Cloud Pro

Over 1900 dental professionals around the world depend on Dentisoft for their dental software needs. Since 2001, Dentisoft Office Cloud Pro has been the system of choice for dental offices of various sizes looking for a secure, web-based... Read More
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MediaDent by SuccessEHS is a complete dental solution that offers a full range of features for busy dental practices of all sizes. The system provides a robust solution for clinical charting, practice management, digital imaging, and... Read More
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YAPI Paperless Dental

YAPI is a Web-based system designed to improve patient care and productivity in all major specialties of dentistry and orthodontics. Founded in 2009, YAPI is an dental practice management system designed for use by both patients and... Read More
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Praktika is a dental practice management system perfect for managing the day-to-day operations of dental practices of all sizes. Lizard Software, founded in Australia, developed Praktika in 2007 as a cloud-based system to help dentists... Read More
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Since 1971, Planmeca has been designing dental imaging devices and software for dental practices of all sizes and specialties, including implantologists, endodontists and orthodontists. Planmeca’s Romexis suite is a dental image... Read More
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axiUm Dental

axiUm Dental is a HIPAA-compliant, ONC-ATCB certified system that includes electronic health record (EHR), billing and practice management applications. It was designed to address the needs of educational institutions, such as dental... Read More
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Dental Plus

Dental Plus by Admor is a U.K.-based, NHS compliant practice management and clinical charting system for small to midsize practices. This on-premise system is compatible with Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems. Within the clinical... Read More
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ABELDent is an on-premise dental office management system suited for general and pediatric dental practices with fewer than three providers. The system includes a clinical charting application designed by dentists, plus billing, patient... Read More
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tab32 is a cloud-based clinical charting, practice management, patient scheduling and billing solution for single and multi-location dental practices. The secure, Web-based platform gives patients the ability to update their personal... Read More
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Open Dental

Open Dental is an open source dental suite that has been providing dentists with customizable software since 2003. It includes on-premise electronic charting, billing, practice management and imaging applications that are suitable... Read More
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DenChart is a digital clinical charting system with templates designed for periodontics dentistry. It is an on-premise system that is suitable for both single- and multi-location dental practices that need to record and access periodontal... Read More
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Dolphin Imaging

Dolphin Imaging is a solution that allows dentists to capture, store and import photographs, X-rays, slides and other types of dental images. It also offers manual and automatic options for curating and editing images, including drag-and-drop,... Read More
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Prime Dental

Prime Dental is a dental office management system that has been providing dentists with a charting, billing, digital imaging and practice management solution since 1997. It is suitable for both general and pediatric dentists and includes... Read More
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Axex Dental

Axex by Unident Software Company is a hybrid cloud-based suite of solutions designed by dental professionals that can be accessed on any connected mobile device. The Axex system allows users to schedule appointments, submit e-claims,... Read More
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Total Dental

Offering a fully web-based Electronic Health System, Total Dental provides dental-specific Electronic Health Records and practice management software. Total Dental is fully certified, and can help dental practices qualify for the Medicaid... Read More
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Easy Dental

Easy Dental by Henry Schein is a practice management system for dentists that can support any size practice. This on-premise solution serves multiple specialties, including general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry... Read More
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Patient Communicator

Created as a way to streamline the way dental practices interact with their patients, Total Recall Solutions’ new Patient Communicator provides a full scheduling and patient communication system. This includes an automated messaging... Read More
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The MOGO Cloud Dental Software

MOGO Cloud delivers comprehensive, all-in-one software for today’s general dentists and specialists, including orthodontists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists, and pediatric dentists. MOGO is secured with Microsoft Cloud... Read More
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Software of Excellence, a Henry Schein company, created the OASiS practice management software for dental offices seeking an on-premise solution. It supports either Mac or Windows operating systems and serves practices of all sizes. OASiS... Read More
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EXACT by Software of Excellence, a Henry Schein company, is practice management software for dental offices of any size and specialty. The system, which can be deployed on-premise via Windows operating systems, offers clients the option... Read More
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Umbie DentalCare

Umbie Dentalcare is a cloud-based dental practice management solution that helps dentists manage patients, organize dental records, and handle scheduling and billing through one web-based platform. The system can be accessed from any... Read More
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YuMe Practice

YuMe Practice is a software solution for dental practices of all sizes, as well as medical clinics in need of dental management software. It can be deployed both on-premise and in the cloud.  Key features include clinical charting,... Read More
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ADSTRA is a dental practice management software that can be deployed on premise or through a cloud-based option. ADSTRA can be accessed from a variety of operating systems and devices, including tablets, mobile devices, Windows, Mac,... Read More
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StrongBox RCM

StrongBox is a medical revenue and billing management cloud-based software platform designed for small and midsize dental and medical practices. StrongBox revenue management and billing modules can be used as standalone applications... Read More
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Dental EMR

Dental EMR is an electronic medical record (EMR) system suitable for small to midsize dental practices. It offers appointment management, billing, reporting and analytics, mobile device capabilities and treatment notes. The playbook... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

Dental offices deal with a high volume of patient information—both clinical and administrative. The dentists and office managers we talk to most often are looking for ways to improve access to that information, and for better efficiency in documenting and managing it.

Watch the 60-second video below to see dental software functions and benefits in action.


As you just saw, dental software is designed to streamline the workflows of dental practices to help improve not only efficiency, but also patient care. Common applications and modules of dental software include:

  • Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Digital sensor/imaging
  • Billing
  • Electronic claims
  • Coding
  • Reporting
  • Recall system/reminders
  • Staff scheduling

We've created this guide to help prospective dental software buyers better understand the benefits dental solutions can offer. Here's what we'll cover:

Reviewers' Choice
What Is Dental Practice Management Software?
Common Features of Dental Practice Management Software
How Is Dental Software Priced?
ARRA Meaningful Use for Dentists
Recent Events You Should Know About

Reviewers' Choice

 Reviewers' Choice Dental Graphic

Reviewers' Choice Products

ACE Dental Denticon
Dentrix Enterprise Open Dental
Practice-Web Curve Dental

Our Reviewers’ Choice list shows the five highest user-rated software solutions for Dental when adjusted for total number of reviews and recency of reviews.

If a software solution has more reviews, and more recent reviews, we value those ratings more highly than a product with fewer, older reviews. This is because is it much harder to get 100 five-star reviews than it is to get 10.

We also know that software vendors continually tweak and update their product, so we believe that more recent reviews tend to be more accurate.

To determine which products made the final cut, we looked at how users rated each solution's:

  • Overall performance,
  • Ease of use, and
  • Customer support

A solution can make the Reviewers' Choice top five in all three categories, or just one or two. All software solutions in the Reviewers' Choice have at least 10 reviews from real software users. The final products are listed in alphabetical order from left to right.

For more details on how we selected our Reviewers' Choice, read the full methodology.

What Is Dental Practice Management Software?

Dentists have a unique challenge in the medical community. Most appointments are scheduled several months ahead of time and require coordinating patient schedules and information with two different types of practitioners: dentist and hygienist.

Often, routine visits turn into more in-depth procedures, and the ability to manage these changes and the associated information can have a big impact on the time spent caring for your patient, and the quality of care you provide. These challenges make it that much more important to use dental software that manages patient data, images and practice information.

Although the terms dental electronic medical records (EMR), dental electronic health records (EHR) and electronic dental records (EDR) can have different meanings, the terms are often used interchangeably. While there may be nuanced differences, generally all three terms refer to software that manages the charting and management of a patient's clinical information.

As a rule, effective dental office software will have: templates specifically designed for dental practices; tooth and gum graphics; and an ability to import and organize X-rays. They’ll also have features to deal with patient scheduling, billing and coding support, patient education modules, and often a Web portal for patients, all of which maximize the efficiency of the front and back office staff.

dental imaging software feature in EagleSoft

Dental Imaging in EagleSoft

Common Features of Dental Practice Management Software

As you search for dental practice management software, consider the following key features and functionality:

Graphical tooth charting Dentist software should have a simple graphical depiction of each tooth and gum that makes it easy to identify caries, fillings, veneers, crowns, missing teeth, gum problems and any other relevant issue. Any changes made to text-based templates should be reflected in the graphical tooth chart, and vice versa.
Dentistry-specific templates Text-based templates should be present for all common procedures, and the EDR should let you add a template quickly in the event that an emergency procedure is required. Commonly used templates might include routine exams, fillings, root canals, crowns, tooth extraction or any number of customizable templates.
Dental imaging The idea here is to import X-rays and other digital images, immediately connecting them to the patient, and present them in a way that makes sense to the dentist (i.e., the same order as the graphical tooth chart). Often dental imaging software programs also offer advanced features like measuring a tooth or identifying a particular region of interest, too. Although standalone imaging software does exist, combining it with the EDR software facilitates integration, which is why most vendors offer both capabilities as a combined unit.
Scheduling Look for something that simplifies scheduling by coordinating dentist, hygienist and patient schedules and that doesn’t require back office staff to fast forward through six calendar months every time they need to book a patient out.
Dental billing and insurance Dental billing software helps the practice in maximizing revenues through effective coding support, which simplifies billing as much as possible. As part of a dental EMR, it will likely include only those codes needed or used by dentists and can help group procedures that commonly occur together.
Patient portal Allows patients to fill out their dental history, change their contact information or even receive or send bills, X-rays and other documents from the comfort of their home, saving practice time and improving office efficiency.

Charts in Curve Dental

Charts in Curve Dental

How Is Dental Software Priced?

Although exceptions exist, you'll typically find dental software priced in one of two ways: a subscription fee paid every month or year, or a perpetual license fee paid once, up front.

Pricing model tends to correspond with how the software is deployed: on-premise or in the cloud. On-premise deployment means the software is installed on your own local servers. Cloud-based deployment, on the other hand, means the software is hosted online, or "in the cloud." You use an Internet connection to access the software via web browser.

Traditionally, on-premise deployments are priced using the perpetual license model. However, today you'll find more and more on-premise products offering subscription pricing models. Cloud-based software is generally priced using a subscription model, wherein users pay a monthly or annual fee per user.

Perpetual licence pricing comes with a steeper price tag up front, but low recurring monthly or annual costs (e.g., for maintenance or support). Subscription pricing, on the other hand, has a lower up-front investment, but relatively higher recurring costs, since you're paying the subscription fees each month or year.

The costs of on-premise and subscription models tend to converge over time, so the pricing model you choose depends largely on whether you prefer one large fee up front, or smaller fees broken out over time. Check out our total cost of ownership calculator to see how this works.

ARRA Meaningful Use for Dentists

Many dentists looking for dental management software are wondering if they’re eligible for the financial incentives provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Although the Medicare incentives generally do not apply (since Medicare doesn’t cover most dental procedures), dentists whose patient volume is at least 30 percent Medicaid can receive the Medicaid incentive, provided they adopt a certified electronic health record (EHR) product.

Since there currently are no certification standards for EDRs, a dentist looking to meet these requirements would have to adopt a dental EHR, which could then interface with a dedicated EDR if that’s your preferred tool.

Although this may seem cumbersome, the best dental software programs have been designed to integrate with EHRs specifically to fulfill this need, and it could qualify you for almost $70,000 in incentives over six years.

Recent Events You Should Know About

LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. acquires Apteryx Inc. In January 2017, dental diagnostic imaging company LED Medical Diagnostics announced it will buy Apteryx, which produces software that digitizes dental images. The $10.25 million deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.

CareCredit partners with Henry Schein Financial Services. In January 2017, dental software and supplies vendor Henry Schein launched a multiyear agreement with CareCredit, a credit card provider specifically for patients to cover their health-related expenses. Henry Schein’s dental practice management software programs, Dentrix and Easy Dental, added features to integrate with CareCredit’s patient financing services.

Formlabs offers 3-D printer for dentists. In October 2016, Formalbs Inc. introduced the Form 2, a desktop 3D printer designed to help dental professionals create study models from intraoral scans, produce surgical guides with implant planning software and print bone models.