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Curve Dental

FrontRunners 2022

Founded in 2004, Curve Dental provides cloud-based practice management software to over 50,000 dental professionals in the United States and Canada. Dental offices use Curve Hero to schedule, invoice, manage recall, manage insuran...Read more

4.37 (199 reviews)

23 recommendations

tab32

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, tab32 is the industry's #1 technology platform for patient-first cloud dental electronic health record software (Dental EHR), Dental Practice Management System (Dental PMS), and Open Data W...Read more

4.55 (38 reviews)

23 recommendations

Denticon

FrontRunners 2022

Denticon Practice Management software allows over 45,000 users to break free from the constraints of desktop software with a comprehensive cloud-based solution that includes all the tools needed to standardize, centralize, and gro...Read more

4.67 (101 reviews)

21 recommendations

iDentalSoft

iDentalSoft is a dental practice management solution that offers integrated charting, billing, treatment planning, scheduling and imaging features. The system allows practices to choose whether to host data and backups in the clou...Read more

4.56 (52 reviews)

20 recommendations

DentiMax

DentiMax is one of the only solutions to offer a complete Digital Sensor, Imaging software, and Practice Management Software solution, which can be purchased individually or as a bundle. The software is available to be installed l...Read more

4.53 (106 reviews)

16 recommendations

Dentrix Ascend

FrontRunners 2022

Dentrix Ascend by Henry Schein is a powerful practice management solution geared towards general dentistry and periodontics practices. It is web-based and can be accessed from multiple devices, such as Macs, PCs or tablets. ...Read more

4.19 (222 reviews)

3 recommendations

Maxident

Maxim Software's MaxiDent is an on-premise suite of dental products that includes charting, practice management, billing and imaging applications. It is Linux and Windows compatible....Read more

4.29 (24 reviews)

2 recommendations

Apteryx XVWeb

Apteryx Imaging is a cloud-based 2D/3D dental imaging solution that allows you to store, view, and optimize clinical images for web-based treatment planning that is accessible in real-time anytime, anywhere. Unlike other solutio...Read more

4.00 (1 reviews)

2 recommendations

Dentrix Enterprise

Dentrix Enterprise by Henry Schein One 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 fa...Read more

4.15 (103 reviews)

1 recommendations

NexHealth

NexHealth is an EHR-integrated patient booking platform that enables practices to digitize the patient experience with real-time scheduling, patient communications, and more. NexHealth utilizes real-time scheduling that can be emb...Read more

4.96 (23 reviews)

1 recommendations

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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XCare

With XCare, organizations can automate their clinic to create more happy patients while saving time on administrative tasks. XCare was built to create an all-in-one solution for clinics to manage all aspects of their practice. Fro...Read more

5.00 (2 reviews)

1 recommendations

Acuity Scheduling

Acuity Scheduling is a cloud-based appointment scheduling software solution that enables business owners to manage their appointments online. The product caters to the needs of small and midsize businesses as well as individual pr...Read more

Dentrix

FrontRunners 2022

Dentrix is a practice management solution designed to help dental clinics manage appointment scheduling, payment processing, patient records and more. With Dentrix document center, practitioners can create, store and archive docum...Read more

Solutionreach

FrontRunners 2022

Solutionreach is a cloud-based dental practice management system designed for small, midsize and large offices and specialties. Primary features include appointment scheduling, patient access, reminders, patient education and prac...Read more

vcita

vcita is a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solution for small businesses. Entrepreneurs and business owners can manage their client engagements from any device from anywhere. It enables organizations to dri...Read more

BestoSys

BestoSys is a cloud-based electronic records and practice management solution solution for doctors and dentists. It also offers an orthodontics module. The solution enables users to track their private practice patients along with...Read more

Eaglesoft

Patterson Dental’s Eaglesoft software is a Meaningful Use and ONC-ATCB certified on-premise dental office practice management system. Designed for dental practitioners and dental healthcare providers of all sizes, it includes feat...Read more

ClearDent

ClearDent is a dental practice management solution designed for North American practitioners of all sizes. Key features include perceptive scheduling, document management, dental imaging and charting and communication. ClearD...Read more

ABELDent

FrontRunners 2022

ABELDent is a clinic and practice management solution designed for dental practices of all sizes and specialties. It is available in three versions such as ABELDent CS, ABELDent LS+ and ABELDent LS. ABELDent Cloud Server (CS) appl...Read more

4.68 (72 reviews)

Open Dental

Open Dental offers a complete suite of dental applications, including clinical charting/EHR, billing, practice management and digital imaging in a customizable, open source format....Read more

4.60 (68 reviews)

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 10, 2022

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 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:

What Is Dental Practice Management Software?
Common Features of Dental Practice Management Software
How Is Dental Software Priced?
ARRA Meaningful Use for Dentists
Popular Dental Software Comparisons

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.

Popular Dental Software Comparisons

 

 

Note: The applications selected in this article are examples to show a feature in context and are not intended as endorsements or recommendations. They have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable at the time of publication.

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