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Finding software can be overwhelming. We help dental offices choose the right charting and practice management software so they can access electronic dental records and set appointments.

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DentiMax

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.
Rating:  90 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  28
Our advisors have recommended this product 28 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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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 cloud... Read More
Rating:  25 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  25
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Denticon

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.
Rating:  49 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  24
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tab32

Tab32 is a cloud-based dental electronic health records solution. It caters to single, mobile and group practices. It offers patient communication, practice management, X-ray, electronic claims, electronic attachments and a practice... Read More
Rating:  20 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  24
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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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Recent recommendations:  19
Our advisors have recommended this product 19 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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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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Recent recommendations:  17
Our advisors have recommended this product 17 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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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
Rating:  42 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  13
Our advisors have recommended this product 13 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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Eaglesoft

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
Rating:  57 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  8
Our advisors have recommended this product 8 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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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. ClearDent helps... Read More
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Recent recommendations:  3
Our advisors have recommended this product 3 times in the last 30 days. These recommendations are based on buyers' needs. Contact us for a free consultation.
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MaxiDent

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. Key features include clinical charting, billing,... Read More
Rating:  16 reviews
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Recent recommendations:  3
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Solutionreach

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 practice... Read More
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Recent recommendations:  1
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The MOGO Cloud Dental Software

MOGO Cloud provides dental solutions for general dentists and specialists including orthodontists, oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists and pediatric dentists. It is secured with Microsoft Cloud for HIPAA-compliant protection... Read More
Rating:  55 reviews
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Carestream Dental

Carestream Dental is a cloud-based dental solution that provides imaging equipment, CAD/CAM systems and software and practice management solutions to dental and oral health professionals. It enables users to automate tasks related... Read More
Rating:  38 reviews
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Open Dental

Open Dental is an open source dental solution that includes on-premise electronic charting, billing, practice management and imaging applications that are suitable for both large and small dental practices. Prescribing capabilities... Read More
Rating:  35 reviews
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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. The system can be accessed from multiple devices with an internet... Read More
Rating:  19 reviews
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Practice-Web

Practice-Web is cloud-based dental solution that is suitable for all types and sizes of organizations, offering charting, imaging, billing, patient scheduling and practice management modules. The charting system provides users with... Read More
Rating:  14 reviews
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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 offers manual and automatic options for curating and editing images, including drag-and-drop,... Read More
Rating:  14 reviews
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Axex Dental

Axex by Unident Software Company is a hybrid cloud-based suite of solutions designed for dental professionals and practices. It allows users to schedule appointments, submit e-claims, manage accounting details, process payments, and... Read More
Rating:  12 reviews
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EXACT

EXACT by Software of Excellence is an on-premise practice management solution for dental offices of all sizes and specialties. It offers electronic health record (EHR), clinical charting, billing, patient scheduling and digital imaging... Read More
Rating:  12 reviews
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ADSTRA

ADSTRA is a dental practice management solution that can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud. ADSTRA can be accessed from a variety of operating systems and devices including tablets, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Blackberry. ADSTRA... Read More
Rating:  9 reviews
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Buyer's Guide

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Market Research Associate
Last Updated: October 19, 2018

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.