Why Digital Photography for Dentists?

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Do you use digital photography in your dental office?  If so, congratulations on already integrating one of the most powerful tools available to us.  However, the next question is: are you using digital photography EFFECTIVELY in your dental office?

Workflow for dental photography from camera to computer to using them

Digital photography is an incredible tool for communicating with your patients, your labs, your potential patients, and more.  With DSLR cameras now affordable and easier to use, more dentists are adding them to their practice, but after the photos are taken, most dentists and their team members don’t know what to do with them or how to use them effectively.  As we all know, if it’s not easy to do, it probably won’t happen, so all-to-often, dentists end up with a lot of photos that never get off their hard drive.  And that is what this website is all about.  While there are many Continuing Education courses on how to take both extraoral and intraoral photos, until now, however, I’ve never found a resource that will teach you everything you need to know for not only taking pictures, but using them effectively.

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Making it Easy to Integrate Photography into Your Practice

The good news, though, is that integrating dental photography into your practice is now easier and more affordable than ever, and what’s even better than that is that the software is becoming more affordable and easier to use. It can still seem a daunting task, though, as you must decide the following (to list a few):

  1. Which camera and which accessories do you need?
  2. What software best suits your needs?
  3. How will you use the pictures in your practice?
  4. How do you teach yourself and your dental assitants and hygienists how to use the camera?
  5. How do you store and back-up your pictures?
  6. How to troubleshoot when pictures come out badly?

Ultimately it comes down to is this:

If you can’t get the pictures from the camera to using them quickly and easily, what’s the point?

Over time, I’ll be discussing the fundamentals of photography, of DSLRs, and really…..all the whats/whens/whys/hows of using digital dental photography. Follow along, feel free to comment and add your own experience, or ask questions.