Digital dental technology was first introduced in the late eighties and has made a slow and steady transition from traditional film. With a 66% adoption rate for digital sensors, it has taken awhile for some to embrace this technology.
With an assortment of digital x-ray imaging equipment to choose from, the advantages of digital x-rays over traditional film are numerous. Today’s digital sensors provide 90% less radiation as compared to traditional x-rays. Digital images are stored on a hard drive which takes up less space than paper charts, can be backed up to an off-site cloud storage for security and image quality will never degrade over time, unlike film. Overall, digital images provide better quality images, are easy to access by multiple users at one time and allow the ability to access images remotely depending on your network configuration.
Digital images are easily accessible and viewable on a computer screen allowing patients and providers a clear view of dental x-rays. The contrast on images can be adjusted to optimize for...more
Document Management Solution
From speaking with several dental practices it is apparent that if a dental office is chartless then that defines them as a “paperless office.” In this case study we explore what defines a “paperless office” and the benefits of becoming a truly “paperless office.”
With advancements in today’s technology, dental offices are dramaticly changing the way they handle their dental business. It is a common practice for dental offices to integrate practice management software into their practices and produce electronic charts instead of paper charts. Insurance claims are submitted electronically instead of by paper and mail. Patient forms are scanned into the computer system for storage while x-rays are taken digitally.
HOWEVER, does this constitute a paperless practice?
Take a look around your office, the front desk and the treatment rooms, where do you see paper? Are patient forms digitized? Are...more
“Simply purchasing an intraoral camera and integrating its use into daily patient treatment is one of the easiest changes a dentist can make for one of the highest returns on investment.”
A Plan for Integrating Intraoral Cameras and Optimizing Your Return on Investment
Purchasing a high quality intraoral camera is proven to produce a return on your investment in 1 to 3 months depending on how well and often you use the equipment. Below is a simple plan to follow to help make your transition to digital imaging a worthwhile investment.
Develop a Plan
Developing a thorough plan for any investment and equipment implementation is the key to success. Too often we believe that just purchasing the product will yield results. Just like any business, the key to success is in the processes that are implemented and truly practiced by its employees.
In terms of your practice and digital cameras it is important to think through how you, your hygienists and dental assistants will use a camera. Will it be...more
Three Steps to Success
Evolving into a Paperless Office may seem grueling, expensive and not worth the time or effort to put into the transition, but there are many benefits to upgrading your practice that may have been overlooked. Going paperless not only helps the environment, it also improves the practice’s bottom line and workflow.
A practice needs three things to implement a successful paperless operation:
1) People 2) Processes 3) Technology
The practice must consider how quickly its employees (people) will adapt to the new technology and if they are comfortable with the idea of change. It is important to be cognizant of the time required to educate and train employees to fully utilize the new technology. After careful consideration of the people involved and their capabilities, the practitioner will have a better understanding of how to proceed with the transition (process). After an implementation process has been developed, the practice must upgrade its infrastructure (technology) to meet the needs of the new paperless solutions.
While the process may...more
Comparing Digital Tools and Clinical Applications
When evaluating products make sure you’re not comparing apples to oranges. How does one begin to make educated decisions regarding digital solutions and clinical applications?
Does one research every possible scenario, every digital instrument, clinical tool or application available? Does one have that much time on their hands? Probably not. Most people rely on the information and recommendations of others for their source.
To make a fair evaluation of any product, one often begins by doing a side-by-side comparison. But first, one must define how they want their dental office to operate and then focus on the solution that meets those requirements. How similar or how different are the two solutions? How are the differences going to affect what your goals are? Are statements made about the products backed with cold hard facts?
Here at Dentech, Inc. we address all people, processes and technological components of taking your practice into the digital revolution. We understand that Doctors want alternatives, therefore, Dentech provides an array of solutions so that...more
In this case study we take a look at a large multi-location dental practice and their implementation of DenChart periodontal voice charting software. Over the span of a year, we explore what is involved in the installation, training and use of voice charting software in a multi-office, geographically dispersed dental practice. Is successfully implementing and utilizing voice-activated charting in a multi-office practice really possible? Let’s find out!
The multi-office practice we were working with* expressed to us that their problems with their current software were twofold. The first problem was a dissatisfaction with the inability of their current charting software to run their practice. The second, was the inability of the software’s voice-activation feature to work effectively 100% of the time. Their current software produced many roadblocks to completing exams due to the inability of voice data entry to work on a large wide-area network. This produced frustration amongst staff and patients.
With 15 doctors and 34...more
Several vendors offer “Free Software” these days. This case study is based on real‐life experiences and explores what is involved with the installation, training and deployment of “Free Software” and what risks are associated with the proposition of “Free Software”.
A significant number of dental practices are purchasing supplies on a continuous basis and introducing digital imaging hardware and software. Sales representatives from vendors providing these supplies and imaging sensors, quite often offer “FREE Software” to such dental practices. What could possibly be more enticing than “FREE software”? What could possibly go wrong? After all it is “FREE”. In addition, the promise is followed by additional comments such as:
- "Our software is comprehensive."
- "It meets all your needs."
- "It is used by thousands of practices."
To augment the promise, a brief demonstration is provided to show how pretty the user interface is. Despite these promises,...more