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Dental informatics is a new subset of medical informatics and is involved in the application of computer and information sciences to improve dental practice, research, education and management. 1

Dental Informatics is involved in areas of dental practice such as

  • Practice Management: There are now software packages that aid dental practices with financial management, patient scheduling and billing, inventory management, electronic claims processing, management reports and clinical charting and treatment.


  • Electronic Patient Records: Dental patients can now have their records stored electronically. The records would contain all aspects of their dental care from patient history to charts and reminders. All dental computer systems in the US now have to abide by the HIPAA.

  • Decision Making Support Systems: Online medical databases such as MEDLINE, oral pathology databases and decision support systems all provide computer-based decision in dental practice.

  • Imaging System: Intra-oral cameras and digital radiography have been improved by advances in Information Technology and are now essential tools in dental practice.

  • Teledentistry: This is real-time or offline dental care via electronic transmission (such as video conferencing), using computer networks, from different sites.


  1. Schleyer T, Spaliek H. Dental Informatics: A Cornerstone of Dental Practice. JADA 2001; 132: 605-613

Useful Links

  • Dental Informatics and Dental Research
    Archival site for the "Dental Informatics and Dental Research: Making the Connection" conference held on June 12- 13, 2003.



International Medical Informatics Association
American Medical Informatics Association
UK Health Informatics Society
British Computer Society Health Informatics Committee
European Federation for Medical Informatics
American Nursing Informatics Association
American Telemedicine Association

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Last Updated: 10 August 2006.

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