Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature

Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature
  • 2017
  • © ADA American Dental Association®
  • ISBN-10: 1-94180-727-5 / ISBN-13: 978-1-94180-727-9
  • Dentistry, Coding & Classification, Dental Hygiene


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CDT 2017: Dental Procedure Codes builds on previous code sets with codes that fill documentation gaps, making it easier to code quickly and accurately. More detailed options for documentation also provide better protection from legal liability, as well as fewer rejected insurance claims. CDT 2017 is the most up-to-date coding resource and the only HIPAA-recognized code set for dentistry. With the emergence of electronic health care records (EHR), coding for specific procedures is more important than ever.

Purpose: The purpose of the CDT Code is to achieve uniformity, consistency and specificity in accurately documenting dental treatment. One use of the CDT Code is to provide for the efficient processing of dental claims, and another is to populate an Electronic Health Record.

On August 17, 2000 the CDT Code was named as a HIPAA standard code set. Any claim submitted on a HIPAA standard electronic dental claim must use dental procedure codes from the version of the CDT Code in effect on the date of service. The CDT Code is also used on paper dental claims, and the ADA's paper claim form data content reflects the HIPAA electronic standard.

CDT 2017 contains:

  • • New periodontal and restorative codes to fill gaps and provide a continuum of treatment depending on the clinical condition of the patient’s dentition
  • • New codes for dental case management, which document the practice’s actions to plan visits, coordinate care and provide counseling
  • • New code for managing and documenting your interactions with patients’ medical care providers

Code changes for 2017 include:

  • • 11 new procedure codes
  • • 5 revised procedure codes
  • • 1 deleted procedure codes

This reference manual, published by the ADA, contains the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT Code) version that is effective for services provided on or after January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.


Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This guide is compact and easy to use. It is comprehensive, adding 29 new codes and revising 18 others to provide practitioners with codes that are more reflective of the way they practice dentistry."

-- Janet Southerland, DDS, MPH, PhD (Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry) - Doody's Review - previous edition



The book is written for dental office staff, dental billing staff, and dentists in all general and specialty areas. The guide also can be used as a training guide for coding for students in training for dentistry, dental assisting, and dental hygiene careers. The American Dental Association is the authority for CDT coding and sets the standards for dental procedure coding for the profession.


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