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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 about DentiMax

4.5 (105 reviews)

15 recommendations

Curve Dental

Curve Dental® makes everything easy so you can focus on what’s most important– improving the patient experience while retaining and attracting new patients. From scheduling, billing, texting, patient engagement, imaging, charting...Read more about Curve Dental

4.4 (275 reviews)

14 recommendations

ABELDent

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 about ABELDent

4.7 (102 reviews)

12 recommendations

Novadontics

Novadontics offers business, clinical, and front-office tools with mobile access from any web-enabled device that allow clinicians and staff to run their practices smoothly and efficiently, while keeping focus on their patients. M...Read more about Novadontics

5.0 (9 reviews)

8 recommendations

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Denticon

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 about Denticon

4.6 (104 reviews)

7 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 about iDentalSoft

4.6 (59 reviews)

7 recommendations

Akitu One

Akitu One is a modern cloud based Dental Practice Management Software with advanced features like Online Forms, Online Booking, Instant Chat, Integrated Recall Features, Two-Way SMS, Email and SMS Reminders, built-in intelligence ...Read more about Akitu One

4.9 (25 reviews)

3 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 about Apteryx XVWeb

4.2 (5 reviews)

2 recommendations

SOTA Cloud

SOTA Cloud is a cloud-based dental imaging software designed to empower every dental operator and work toward optimal results. SOTA Cloud with A.I capabilities quickly analyzes images, helps capture new cases, allows dentists to...Read more about SOTA Cloud

4.5 (62 reviews)

1 recommendations

Dentrix

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 about Dentrix

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 cl...Read more about Dentrix Ascend

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 about ClearDent

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 about Dentrix Enterprise

Adit

One cloud-based software to modernize and manage your dental practice. Adit makes it quick and painless to simplify all aspects of your business, so you can focus on practicing dentistry. Centralize communication, streamline you...Read more about Adit

Carestream Dental

Carestream Dental’s commitment is to provide the software, the technology, the data, the analytics and the expertise to seamlessly connect every aspect of today’s dental business. Carestream Dental has practice management solutio...Read more about Carestream Dental

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 about tab32

Sensei Cloud

Developed by dental practices for dental practices, Sensei Cloud features built-in functionality for both general dentists and orthodontists so you can manage every aspect of your office. And, with real-time dashboards, revenue cy...Read more about Sensei Cloud

ADSTRA Dental Software

ADSTRA Dental Software offers a fully integrated, all-in-one cloud or on-premise solution for your paperless dental practice. Catering to every aspect of patient care and administration for a dental practice, ADSTRA Dental Softwa...Read more about ADSTRA Dental Software

Dovetail

Dovetail is a cloud-based dental practice management and EHR solution built for small, midsize and large dental office including specialists such as periodontists, endodontists, orthodontists and oral surgeons. Dovetail offers a m...Read more about Dovetail

Dolphin Imaging Plus

Dolphin Imaging is a software solution that allows dental specialists to capture, store and import photographs, X-rays, slides and other types of dental images. It offers manual and automatic options for curating and editing image...Read more about Dolphin Imaging Plus

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: November 07, 2023

Good imaging software can make a big difference when it comes to a dental practice’s profitability. Since most dentists need to see a certain number of patients per day to cover costs, it’s important for their workflow to be as efficient as possible. Unfortunately, clunky or outdated imaging software is often a barrier to achieving peak productivity, because it requires you to spend more time figuring out the system’s kinks than analyzing your patient’s images.

Whether you’re looking to replace an existing dental imaging solution, or you’re seeking software for a new practice, we’re here to help you make a smart purchase decision to keep operations running smoothly. The tips in this article are helpful for all practice sizes and specialties, including:

  • General dentists

  • Pediatric dentists

  • Prosthodontists

  • Orthodontists

  • Periodontologists

  • Endodontists

  • Implantologists

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

We’ll give you a brief definition of dental imaging before explaining the software deployment options available to you, common technical features to compare systems by and screenshots to illustrate functionalities.

Click on a section below to read more:

What Is Digital Dental Imaging?

Dental Imaging Software Explained

Common Functionality of Dental Imaging Solutions

Dental Imaging Software Deployment Options

What Is Dental Imaging?

An oral examination is not enough for care providers to get a true sense of a patient’s dental health. Dentists must be able to see if there are any worrisome conditions that are obstructed from their view, such as hidden tooth decay, impacted/extra teeth, bone loss from gum disease and/or the growth of any abscesses, cysts or tumors.

That’s where imaging technology comes in. It allows professionals to get more clear and comprehensive pictures of teeth, tissue, nerves and bone inside the mouth. These images can then be studied, stored and compared over time to track improvements or identify worsening conditions.

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An X-ray image viewed on DentiMax software

Dental imaging is necessary because it gives dentists a better chance of detecting problem areas early for more accurate diagnoses. It also allows them to better educate patients because they can share the images, point to specific areas of concern and show why it’s important to adhere to treatment recommendations.

Digital Dental Imaging Explained

In the past, dentists’ offices had film-based radiography equipment that required a darkroom to process images. With the dawn of digital dental imaging tools (and their accompanying software systems), many providers have realized the old method is a time-consuming and ineffective way to use practice resources.

Practices that employ digital imaging don’t need a darkroom at all. They can use sensors, pans or intraoral cameras instead. There’s no need for chemical processing, as the images from these devices are immediately generated and accessible via computer.

Here are some of the advantages of digital imaging as described by a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA):

  • Immediate image production

  • Interactive monitor display with the ability to enhance image features and make direct measurements

  • Perfect radiographic duplicates for referral purposes

  • Security mechanisms to identify original images and differentiate them from altered images

  • The ability to tag information such as a patient identifier, date of exposure and other relevant details

Top-Requested Dental Software Functionality

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This is especially significant because 30 percent of our respondents are not using any kind of software at all to operate their practice. This means that imaging technology is the main purchase driver for many first-time dental software buyers.

Common Functionality of Dental Imaging Solutions

Dental imaging software can be sold either in conjunction with digital sensor equipment or as a stand-alone system that integrates with your existing hardware. In either of these cases, here are some of the most common capabilities among dental imaging systems:

Drawing/annotation tools

Gives users the ability to highlight, annotate or colorize the image to draw attention to a specific area and write notes about it.

Image adjustments

Brightness and contrast can be adjusted to sharpen the image. Magnification tools are also available to zoom in.

Cephalometric tracing

Superimpose two or more tracings to assess growth or any other changes.

Treatment simulation

Allows providers to show patients what the outcomes of possible treatment plans would look like by superimposing multiple surgical treatment simulations. These visualizations can then be saved to the patient’s chart.

Measuring tools

Measures distance between any points on the image in all directions: vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

Image quality meters

Indicates whether an image is overexposed, underexposed or just right.

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Adjusting the image controls in Umbie DentalCare software

Dental Imaging Software Deployment Options

As we mentioned in the previous section of this buyer’s guide, dental practice owners can purchase imaging software independently or as part of a package deal with the sensor equipment included.

Some sensor brands that include proprietary imaging software don’t integrate with third-party applications. This can lead to problems down the road.

For example, if one of your sensors starts malfunctioning or becomes outdated, you may want to replace it with a different brand of sensor because you find it more affordable or easier to use. But here’s the problem: the new company’s equipment may not be compatible with your existing imaging software, so you’re stuck going back to the original vendor to replace your sensor.

This is why it’s beneficial to buy imaging software that supports hardware from many different manufacturers and allows you to store all the images in one location. You’ll have more freedom to buy the equipment you want without worrying about integration issues.

Another deployment decision you’ll need to make is whether you want to buy best-of-breed imaging software or a dental software suite that has imaging functionalities, as well as other applications, such as practice management and billing.

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Dental imaging in a Curve Dental software suite

Even though suites are typically more expensive due to the extra capabilities, many practices find it’s worth the extra expense. An integrated solution allows dentists and their staff to combine all of a patient’s clinical and administrative records in one place, seamlessly switching from their X-rays to their billing information with a few clicks on the same system.

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.