Dental software aids in oral health research

February 13th, 2014

Dental school software can help clinicians make breakthroughs in research. Not only does dental academic software help clinics communicate more efficiently with physical health care facilities, but it allows organizations to store data that can be used for dental research. Using dental software makes clinical operations more efficient, allowing researchers to focus on advancing oral health knowledge.

Richard Ohrbach, a dentist and PhD at the University at Buffalo, recently created an online tool to diagnose temporomandibular disorders, according to a news release from the school. TMD, commonly known as TMJ, is a condition that causes discomfort in the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the bone at the side of the head, according to National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The often painful condition affects between 10 and 15 percent of people in the U.S. Until now, the criteria to diagnose it have not been rigorously tested.

Ohrbach collaborated with scientists at other institutions to develop better specifications for diagnosing patients with TMD. When health care professionals can work together more easily, diagnostic breakthroughs may become more frequent. Implementing dental software can have a positive impact on research capabilities.

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