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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 ...Read more
Affordable Universally Compatible Dental Imaging Software.
Includes Unlimited Data Storage!
Fully Device Agnostic Dental Imaging Software:
Works with most Cameras, Sensors and Practice Management Software Systems.
Apteryx Imagi...Read more
XrayVision is a digital imaging solution that helps dental clinics of all sizes capture and store images from digital x-ray sensors and intra-oral and extra-oral cameras in a secure tagged block (STB) file format. Dentists can use...Read more
One cloud-based software to modernize and manage your entire dental practice. Adit is a dental practice management platform that makes it quick and painless to simplify all aspects of your business, so you can focus on practicing ...Read more
InSync’s easy-to-use platform means team members can quickly and easily get up to speed and adopt InSync’s productivity improvements into their daily routines.
CUSTOMIZABLE TO YOUR NEEDS
The ability to manage and customize the In...Read more
Based in Ontario, Canada, Medicasoft is a SaaS development company that provides clinic management solutions for privately owned clinics and health providers. Designed to cover clinical operational needs, Medicasoft's PACS, LIMS, ...Read more
Cloudent is a Full dental Practice Management Software that can take any office Paperless and with true cloud capabilities. Made for multiple office management on cloud for small group offices as well as large dental office group ...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:
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.
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.
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:
Gives users the ability to highlight, annotate or colorize the image to draw attention to a specific area and write notes about it.
Brightness and contrast can be adjusted to sharpen the image. Magnification tools are also available to zoom in.
Superimpose two or more tracings to assess growth or any other changes.
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.
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.
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.
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.