Patient Picture

In the Family Module, at the upper left, is the Patient Picture.

Optionally it will also display when you hover over an appointment in the Appointments Module.

Add a Patient Picture

By default, new patient photos are stored in the Patient Pictures folder of the Images Module. The most recent image in the folder is used as the patient picture. Typical file types of jpg, gif, and png.

To change the folder that stores patient pictures, see Definitions: Image Categories.

Take a Picture

To take the patient's picture, use a webcam or digital camera, then save the image in an appropriate file format (jpg, gif, png).

Web cams can be used in Open Dental if the proper TWAIN driver is installed. If a TWAIN driver is installed, you can take a patient picture using the scan button. Open Dental does not support a live feed so you will not be able to view the image before it's taken.

Note: It is hard for us to give recommendations regarding specific models of webcam due to the vast number of models and differences in customer hardware. Keep in mind that whichever webcam model you use, it is a requirement for it to function with a TWAIN driver. Be aware that some newer webcams no longer provide TWAIN drivers.


To add the image to Open Dental, you have two options.

Remove a Patient Picture

To permanently remove a picture, in the Images Module, right click the image file and select Delete.

To add or remove the patient picture from the appointment bubble:

  1. In the Main Menu, click Setup, Display Fields.
  2. Double click on Appointment Bubble.
  3. Move Patient Picture to or from the Fields Showing list.
  4. Click OK to save.
Note: It is hard for us to give recommendations regarding specific models of webcam due to the vast number of models and differences in customer hardware. Keep in mind that whichever webcam model you use, it is a requirement for it to function with a TWAIN driver.