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SIMPLEX HIMES

Simplex HIMES is a cloud-based medical practice management solution, which helps hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and diagnostic labs manage patients' medical records, book appointments, monitor drug inventory and plan treatment pro...Read more

4.50 (8 reviews)

Curve Dental

Founded in 2004, Curve Dental provides cloud-based practice management software to over 41,000 dental professionals in the United States and Canada. Dental offices use Curve Hero to schedule, invoice, manage recall, manage insuran...Read more

4.39 (194 reviews)

16 recommendations

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ACE Dental

For almost 20 years, ACE Dental Software has offered small to mid-sized dental practices an extremely intuitive, user-friendly solution to manage every aspect of their practice, from charting to billing and scheduling. ...Read more

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Denticon

Denticon is a HIPAA compliant, cloud-based, all-in-one dental practice management software brought to you by Planet DDS. Eliminate sync frustrations with a system that has patient communications and imaging built-in, allowing you ...Read more

4.68 (100 reviews)

11 recommendations

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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

2.90 (63 reviews)

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Practice-Web

Practice-Web is an all-in-one server-based/ on-premise dental practice management solution that helps dentists thrive! Suitable for small and large practices alike, the core software includes charting, scheduling, treatment planni...Read more

4.85 (47 reviews)

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Dentisoft Office

Dentisoft combines modern social media technology with classic charting techniques, making it convenient for dental professionals to keep in contact with their clients, as well as provide them with proper treatment. ...Read more

4.67 (3 reviews)

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Datacon

Datacon is a full-featured and adaptable solution for dental practices of any size, and contains a host of useful mobile features to increase the overall quality of patient care. It adapts easily to any existing systems....Read more

0.00 (4 reviews)

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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

4.50 (14 reviews)

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Praktika

Praktika by Lizard Software is an web-based dental practice management system. Modules include an appointment book, recall system, procedure workflows and billing services....Read more

5.00 (2 reviews)

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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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Planmeca Romexis

Planmeca's Romexis is a dental image viewer suitable for endodontists, orthodontists and general dentists. Images are stored in the cloud and accessible from mobile devices via a native application....Read more

4.71 (7 reviews)

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axiUm

axiUm Dental offers an integrated suite of dental applications for larger dental practices and dental universities. It includes modules for faculty as well as ONC-ATCB certified EHR, practice management and billing applications....Read more

3.08 (12 reviews)

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Dental Plus

Dental Plus by Admor is a practice management and clinical charting system for small to midsize dental practices. It is NHS compliant and operates on Windows, Mac or Linux platforms....Read more

3.75 (4 reviews)

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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

4.65 (51 reviews)

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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)

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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

4.59 (61 reviews)

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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 prac...Read more

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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. Designed for dental practitioners and dental healthcare providers of all sizes, it includes feat...Read more

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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

3.64 (14 reviews)

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.