Digital dental photography. Part 2: Purposes and uses

Br Dent J. 2009 May 9;206(9):459-64. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2009.366.


Although the primary purpose of using digital photography in dentistry is for recording various aspects of clinical information in the oral cavity, other benefits also accrue. Detailed here are the uses of digital images for dento-legal documentation, education, communication with patients, dental team members and colleagues and for portfolios, and marketing. These uses enhance the status of a dental practice and improve delivery of care to patients.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Dental Records / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • Diagnosis, Oral
  • Documentation / methods
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Marketing of Health Services
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Photography, Dental / classification
  • Photography, Dental / methods*
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Treatment Outcome