Open Dental, previously known as Free Dental, is an open source dental practice management software licensed under the GNU General Public License. It is written in the C# programming language compatible with Microsoft .NET Framework and was first released in 2003. Current versions of the software require Microsoft Windows. Earlier versions of the software had supported other operating systems, but Linux support has been dropped. The full function version is only available under the commercial license because it includes royalty bearing, licensed materials from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT).
Open Dental is owned and sponsored by Open Dental Software, Inc., which is incorporated in the State of Oregon in the United States of America. The company makes money through its monthly technical support fees, which are required for the first 6 months of use. The first open dental customer bought the technical support services on July 22, 2003.
The database uses the dual licensed MySQL database program. Both local preferences and those which apply to every computer in the office are stored in the MySQL database.
The database schema is published and publicly viewable.
When possible, fields are filled automatically or checked for potential errors.
Save billing type and insurance information.
Sign Procedure Notes: Digital Signatures. Sign or initial procedure notes using a Topaz signature pad or by using a stylus on a touchscreen.
Patient Info Terminal (Kiosk): A way for a new patient to enter their own information from the waiting room. The receptionist controls the terminal from another computer. Can also be used to let patient update their info if it has changed. New patients can check off items in list of conditions.
Track student status and referrals.
Track credit and contact notes.
Send communication to patients.
Email, text, or mail appointment or recare reminders.
Patient and Insurance billing system with e-claim functionality
E-claims: go through a clearinghouse to submit all e-claims or submit directly to carries that support the X12 files/claims. The X12 EDI Format is the standard defined by ASC (ex-ANSI) and specified by HIPAA.
Track referrals and lab cases.
Lab Cases: set up turnaround times on each procedure type for due dates to be calculated automatically.
Create and track payment plans.
View patient and family balances.
Credit Card Processing Integrated credit card processor with swipe terminal.
View/Edit/Save treatment plans.
Create multiple treatment plans.
Create planned appointments for treatment planned care.
Print or send electronically insurance preauthorization forms.
Enter and organize patient clinical information.
3D tooth charting with timeline to show treatment over time.
Track progress and treatment notes.
Supports paper and electronic prescribing.
Rx Alerts: Crosslink Diseases to Rx definitions so that an alert is triggered for allergies, etc. when writing an Rx.