The role of computers in dental practice has dramatically changed over the past 30 years. We have witnessed the progression from administrative roles to complete integration leading to chartless offices. As the dental community gradually adopts this contemporary development, the move to electronic health records is imminent because of upcoming changes in the health care system. The past, present, and future of dental office computer systems is explored in this article. An understanding of the benefits and current challenges of contemporary dental practice software is also reviewed.
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