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What is SNODENT?

The Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry (SNODENT) is an official subset of SNOMED CT, a vocabulary designed for use with electronic health and dental records. Its 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 20 years ago. In 2007, the ADA began the process of updating SNODENT for use in the current environment and, eventually, for inclusion as a subset of SNOMED CT. The new version now has over 7,000 concepts. SNODENT is also mapped to ICD-10-CM to facilitate reporting of diagnoses for billing.

Download the SNODENT User Guide

SNODENT is also an American National Standard and maintained through an open, consensus-based process. 

Contact SNODENT:

American Dental Association
Department of Dental Informatics
Phone: 312.440.2500
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