Clinical Dental Photography

Clinical Dental photography is a popular, widely use tool in modern dentistry. Dentists and dental nurse with appropriate training can develop the skills required to master this fascinating and increasingly vital area of dentistry.

Dental photography can provide:

  • An accurate, visual documentation of dental disease and its progression
  • Forms a medic-legal record in case of complaints or litigation.
  • Building a portfolio
  • Visual aid for communication and educating patients
  • Training of dental care professionals
  • Communicating with lab technicians, referrers and specialists.

There are many dental nurse courses to assist all dental nurses from trainee dental nurse to the most experienced in gaining the skills and knowledge required to take the most effective and accurate photographs in practice.

If you are a dentist, or once you have completed the NEBDN dental nurse training, your role as a trained dental photographer will be to select and set up the required photographic equipment, to select the appropriate camera settings, manage and communicate with the patient appropriately, store and display digital images appropriately and securely. You will also need to gain consent from the patient.

As with every area of medicine and dentistry consent is mandatory. Patients must be informed of how the photographs will be used and stored and why this type of record is being used. Full informed consent must be gained before any photographs are taken. A consent form can be used to demonstrate evidence of informed consent.

The SmileWisdom London Dental Photography Course providing 5 verifiable CPD hours

This one day course will cover all aspects of the use of digital photography in dental practice: intra-oral, extra-oral, and portraits.

Fees: Contact fees will depend on the number of candidates and/or if the course in run in your practice or our training rooms.

We can also cover all the technical element of dental photography and equipment.

Participants will be taken through photography, from the basics of choosing correct equipment and setting it up, to the optimum settings, techniques for consistent imaging and the safe storage of images.

Course objectives

  • Clinical patient management
  • Intra oral photographs
  • Extra oral photographs
  • Preparation of power point presentations
  • Digital photography settings
  • Storage of digital photography
  • Hands on sessions


By the end of the course dental team member will be able:

  • Prepare and maintain equipment for digital photography
  • Take most optimal intra-oral and extra-oral digital photographs
  • Demonstrate knowledge in clinical photography
  • Demonstrate competency in the storage of clinical photographs
  • Demonstrate understanding of consent in clinical photography
  • Create power point presentation

Dental photography is not yet part of the diploma in dental nursing, however we provide a CPD course in dental photography for nurses. For more information contact or call 0207 205 2299