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SNODENT - Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry

What is SNODENT?

Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry (SNODENT), an official subset of SNOMED CT, is a vocabulary designed for use in the electronic environment — for electronic health and dental records. The intended purpose is to:

  • Provide standardized terms for describing dental disease
  • Capture clinical detail and patient characteristics
  • Permit analysis of patient care services and outcomes
  • To be interoperable with Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Dental Records (EDR)

Its initial development began more than 10 years ago. In 2007, the ADA began the process of updating SNODENT for use in the current environment to develop it for inclusion as a subset of SNOMED CT. The new version now has over 6,000 concepts. SNODENT is mapped to ICD-9 CM and currently, the ADA is developing a cross-walk from SNODENT to ICD-10 CM. More about SNODENT basics, concept modeling, releases, and implementation suggestions can be found in the SNODENT User Guide.



Contact SNODENT:

American Dental Association
Department of Dental Informatics
Phone: 312.440.2500
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