Digital Alternatives and the Payoff to Your Patients and Practice

Many areas of the dental practice are now influenced or controlled by digital features. Most practices have already adopted some element of technology to help improve the efficiency of the business and the outcome for their patients. The majority, however, still have opportunities to integrate further digital alternatives.

Why haven’t practice owners converted to digital wherever possible? There are a number of reasons why, but they usually come down to two: cost and time. In comparison, the lucky few who have adopted digital dentistry are “innovators,” embracing technology to the fullest, and reaping the rewards.

Where is digital dentistry in the practice?

In the last few decades, digital options have become available in both the clinical and business side of dental practices, including:

  • Radiography
  • Shade matching
  • Photography
  • Computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Diagnosis and analysis, such as detection for caries, temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders
  • Practice management

The latter, although it does not have a clinical application, is becoming increasingly important in this era, since records and reports are essential to meeting organizational and legal standards. Improvements in practice management software—and the range of products available—mean that practices are becoming more efficient as businesses.

But why is adoption of digital slow?

Those who purchase digital dentistry later may have misconceived ideas about how difficult integration is into the practice. The financial investment provides barriers for many, but—due to the growing market for digital alternatives—prices are declining and becoming more affordable. Time is also a key consideration: staff training results in time away from treating patients. But those practitioners who have taken the leap are often surprised at how quick and easy the integration process is, as long as the solution chosen is user friendly and intuitive.

What about practice management software solutions?

Practice management solutions are affordable and provide a fairly quick return on investment. These solutions have been around for some time and are fine tuned to be easy to use—and incorporate—into the dental practice. From a business perspective, these solutions simplify routine tasks, record important information and improve team communication through easy access to patient records—ultimately ensuring consistency in care. Some solutions include data that facilitates highly accurate practice performance analysis. And some solutions provide a cloud-based alternative to in-house computing, which provides:

  • Access to patient data and images 24/7 from almost any web-connected device
  • The same system performance at all office locations
  • Data and image sharing with satellite offices, lab or referral destination
  • Software updates that are performed automatically
  • Predictable monthly subscription rates with no surprises
  • Patient data in a security-rich environment with HIPAA-compliant protection

Imagine the possibilities for digital dentistry

Digital dentistry for the typical dental practice can be daunting—but exciting, too. The possibilities are endless, with new innovations constantly being introduced. Cost and time are the limiting factors, but there are affordable options available. Practice management software offers a practical, simple and easy-to-integrate digital solution that benefits the dental team, the practice and, most importantly, patient care.




Author: Carestream Dental Blog Administrator

Carestream Dental provides industry-leading imaging, CAD/CAM, software and practice management solutions for dental and oral health professionals. With more than 100 years of industry experience, Carestream Dental products are used by seven out of 10 practitioners globally and deliver more precise diagnoses, improved workflows and superior patient care. For more information visit

7 thoughts

  1. Dear Carestream:

    There are perhaps thousands in the dental community awaiting your response.

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS
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  2. Dear Carestream:

    “Practice management solutions are affordable and provide a fairly quick return on investment” – Anonymous Carestream representative, August 2, 2016.

    Even though you continue to maintain anonymity and have yet to defend your controversial claim of “quick” ROI, we thank you for finally posting one customer’s request for evidence. Now can we please take the next logical step in business relationships:

    Who are you?

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS
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  3. Carestram’s lie: “Practice management solutions are affordable and provide a fairly quick return on investment.”

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  4. Dear Carestream:

    On August 2, an anonymous company representative posted, “Practice management solutions are affordable and provide a fairly quick return on investment.” Really?

    I submitted two comments following your ad, justifiably requesting evidence that EHRs are cheaper than paper dental records. As you (and others) know, both of the legitimate, non-anonymous consumer concerns about value were anonymously censored, and I suspect your unaccountable employee will hide today’s comment from your readers as well. But then, we are not as alone as you apparently assume. We never have been.

    This is transparency. How long do you think dentists will continue to tolerate anonymous censorship of questions about cost and safety?

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS
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  5. Dear Carestream:

    In yesterday’s article, you stated: “Practice management solutions are affordable and provide a fairly quick return on investment.”

    Please share with dentists and patients the evidence on which you base your selling point. As you should already know, yesterday an anonymous Carestream employee hid this dentist’s concern from your other readers, which I shared with mine.

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS
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  6. Dear Carestream:

    You say “Practice management solutions are affordable and provide a fairly quick return on investment.”

    Can you share with us the evidence on which you base this selling point?

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS
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