Dental Software Tip: The Necessary Features of Dental Practice Management Software

Dental Software Tip: The Necessary Features of Dental Practice Management Software

Tooth chartingDentist 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 templatesText-based templates should be present for all common procedures, and the EDR should let you add a template quickly if 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 imagingImport 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). Offer advanced features like measuring a tooth or identifying a region of interest, too. 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.
ScheduleLook 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 insuranceDental 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 portalAllows 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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  • general dentist
    Posted at 00:37h, 13 July Reply

    Great effort and good sharing, this will be helpful to everyone in the industry :
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