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Change requests for SNODENT now accepted

January 29, 2019

The ADA has established a maintenance process for SNODENT — Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry — to revise the standard annually to ensure it is kept updated.

Change requests for SNODENT are now being accepted through Feb. 11. 

Any interested party may review SNODENT and submit a change request for consideration by the SNODENT Maintenance Committee. On Feb. 27, the committee will meet at ADA Headquarters to consider the change requests. The meeting is open to all interested observers. 

SNODENT may be viewed at: 

SNODENT change requests may be submitted through the online submittal form at this link:

To register for the Feb. 27 meeting, send a request to

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 and Electronic Dental Records.

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. More about SNODENT basics, concept modeling, releases, and implementation suggestions can be found in the SNODENT User Guide. SNODENT is also an American National Standard and maintained through an open, consensus-based process.