CDT: Current Dental Terminology

CDT: Current Dental Terminology
2021 © ADA American Dental Association®
ISBN-10: 1-68447-059-5 / ISBN-13: 978-1-68447-059-4
eISBN-10: 1-68447-060-9 / eISBN-13: 978-1-68447-060-0
Dentistry, Coding & Classification, Dental Hygiene


Dentistry is an ever-evolving field, and CDT codes are critical to the everyday workings of dental practices. To find the most current and correct codes, dentists and their dental teams can trust CDT 2021: Current Dental Terminology. This crucial coding tool includes full descriptors.

Code changes include:

  • • 28 new codes
  • • 7 revised codes
  • • 4 deleted codes

CDT 2021 contains new codes for:

  • • Counseling for the control and prevention of adverse oral, behavioral, and systemic health effects associated with high-risk substance use, including vaping
  • • Medicament application for the prevention of caries
  • • Image captures done through teledentistry by a licensed practitioner to forward to another dentist for interpretation
  • • Testing to identify patients who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2 (aka COVID-19)

These codes are developed by the ADA and are the only HIPAA-recognized code set for dentistry. Staff will also find ICD-10-CM codes related to dental procedures. For accuracy, efficiency and peace of mind, CDT 2021: Current Dental Terminology is an essential resource for every dental practice.

CDT 2021 codes go into effect on January 1, 2021. Do not risk rejected claims by using outdated codes.

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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