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Denticon by Planet DDS is the modern cloud-based practice management solution for dental organizations of all sizes that helps your practice become paperless. It includes clinical and business functionality, along with advanced modules... Read more
Recent recommendations: 30 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 27 recommendations
Curve Dental is a web-based practice management solution designed for small to midsize private dental practices. The solution helps to manage every facet of the dental practice business, from patient charting and clinical notes to... Read more
Recent recommendations: 26 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 20 recommendations
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 mobile... Read more
Recent recommendations: 20 recommendations
MOGO Azure provides Cloud dental solutions for general dentists and specialists. MOGO is the only dental software secured with trusted Microsoft Azure for the highest HIPAA-compliant protection and security. For over 30 years MOGO... Read more
Recent recommendations: 14 recommendations
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 features... Read more
Recent recommendations: 7 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 3 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 2 recommendations
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
Recent recommendations: 2 recommendations
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 documents... Read more
DentiMax offers a complete digital sensor and practice management software solution. The software can be installed locally on any Window-based device or hosted in the cloud as a SaaS application. The combined suite offers features... Read more
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
SOTA Image is a dental imaging solution that works for all dental practices no matter the size. SOTA Image was built to be easy to use and reduce the amount of time it takes to train new employees, allowing practitioners to focus on... Read more
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
Open Dental is a HIPAA compliant open-source dental practice management software that provides on-premise electronic charting, billing, practice management, and imaging applications that's suitable for any large and small dental practice.... Read more
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) application... Read more
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
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
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
- 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.
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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.
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
It appears a great deal of practices are already hoping to capitalize on these benefits. In a Software Advice report of dental software buyer trends, we discovered the greatest amount of dental professionals (18 percent) specifically cite imaging device and/or digital sensor integration as their top-requested software functionality.
Top-Requested Dental Software Functionality
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.|
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.
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.