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CDT (CDT) - Synopsis

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The Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) is produced and maintained by the American Dental Association (ADA). It was adopted by the U.S Secretary of Health and Human Services as the standard for reporting dental services on normal transactions.

It was formerly known as Current Dental Terminology.

The purpose of CDT is to enable accurate, consistent, and uniform reporting of dental treatment. It is used for electronic and paper dental claims.

CDT is a dental procedures code set.

It is included in Level II of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) as HCDT. For more information about HCPCS, see the HCPCS source synopsis.

Dental professionals and insurers used CDT.

Update Frequency
The ADA updates CDT annually.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
CDT is updated annually in each fall release (AB).

Sites Consulted

  1. Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) [Internet]. Chicago: American Dental Association; c2015 [cited 2015 Jun 01]. Available from: