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American Dental Association Offers Updated Coding Books

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CHICAGO — The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering two updated dental coding books to help dentists stay up to date on the proper codes to use when billing their patients for dental procedures.

The new “CDT 2014” contains the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature, which is the standard for recording dental services in patient records, on paper claim forms and on HIPAA standard electronic claim transactions. The new book is the only official source for the latest dental procedure codes. The manual has been improved to reflect real world dentistry such as:  

• Providing codes that clearly document a service to a patient

• Considering how the latest clinical advances and evidence-based dentistry affect the way you code

• Reducing your workload by eliminating the need for narrative reports for certain codes

• Developing more specific codes to the procedures you perform, including new codes for caries risk assessment and implants, and a new subcategory for carriers

The ADA worked with the American Association of Endodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists to revamp the endodontic and orthodontic sections to convey recent developments in these specialties. “CDT 2014” is a spiral bound book that lays flat for easy reference and includes a searchable CD-ROM for quick code look up. The CDT book (J014) is available for $39.95 for ADA members and $59.95 retail price. “CDT 2014” includes:

• 29 new procedure codes

• 18 revised procedure codes

• 4 deleted procedure codes

• 7 changes to the subcategories and their descriptors

• Fillable 2012 ADA Dental Claim Form

The ADA is also offering the “Dental Coding Made Simple: Resource Guide and Training Manual, 2013-2014” to help dentists and their staff understand the basics — and the complexities — of today’s dental coding system. “Dental Coding Made Simple” (J443) is available for $49.95 to ADA members and $74.95 retail price. Key features include:

• 151 of the most common questions and answers

• More than 25 coding exercises

• An illustrated dental implant section

• New HIPAA Compliant 2012 ADA Dental Claim Form and completion instructions

• Continuing education (CE) examination with five CE credits

The “CDT 2014/Dental Coding Made Simple Kit” (K214), which includes both the “CDT 2014” and “Dental Coding Made Simple” books, is $75.00 for ADA members and $112.50 retail price.

To purchase any of the books, please visit or call the ADA Member Service Center at (800) 947-4746. All CDT products will ship by mid-August.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website

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