The dental record, commonly known as the patient’s chart, is the official office document that documents all of the treatment performed and any patient-related conversations that have occurred in the dentist office. This record ensures that the patient’s care is consistent. State and federal rules and regulations govern how the information is handled, how long it is stored, and who has access to it.
If you ever need to change dentists, thorough and accurate records will provide your new dentist with adequate information to treat you safely and effectively. Many dentists now utilize computerized systems to keep track of their patients’ dental information. Electronic records provide excellent quality and patient safety.
Ask your dentist if you have any questions concerning dental records. You can contact us in Orem for more details.