Dental software equips clinics with more tools for care

October 16th, 2013

Dental enterprise software creates unique opportunities for clinics to expand the kind of care they are able to provide for patients.

A recent article from DentistryIQ, an oral health care publishing network, said many private practice clinics are providing additional services such as cosmetic procedures and orthodontics in addition to standard oral hygiene and preventative care offerings. Much of this trend has to do with the fact that more patients are showing an interest in these services.

"When I started my practice 15 years ago, only about 1 in 10 adults came into my office requesting cosmetic dentistry," dentist Sundeep Patel, told DentistryIQ. "Now we live in a cosmetic age where esthetic treatments make up about 6 in 10 new patient requests. A fair portion of these includes some form of orthodontic treatment."

There are typically more oral health care professionals in any given region than there are orthodontics professionals, which means many dentists are providing these additional services as a way to stand out from local competition, according to the source.

Using dental enterprise software to organize care
Without the right technology, many clinics struggle to maintain full organization of patient records, payment details and other important information. However, advanced dental software tools can make it easier for these practices to not only increase operational efficiency, but also deliver a wider variety of care options to their clients.

For example, these tools allow clinics to integrate electronic health records seamlessly into existing operations. End users in many organizations experience a significant learning curve when adopting such technology. Streamlined software systems eliminate many of these challenges by offering easy-to-use features. They can also allow oral health care professionals to keep better track of patient requests, especially as more people demand complex cosmetic procedures.

Recent studies have shown more clinics are using EHRs. In fact, a report published recently in the Journal of the American Dental Association said the number of dentists who use computers during each individual patient visit reached 76.5 percent in 2012. Similarly, 16 percent of respondents said their practices are entirely paperless.

Dentistry is at a major turning point as technological advancements and evolving patient preferences transform the oral care process. Using robust dental enterprise software is essential for maintaining organization while enhancing client satisfaction.

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