ADA Dental Claim Form

The ADA Dental Claim Form provides a common format for reporting dental services to a patient's dental benefit plan. ADA policy promotes use and acceptance of the most current version of the ADA Dental Claim Form by dentists and payers.

The following materials are prepared by ADA Practice Institute staff with contributions from the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs and other internal and external knowledge experts.

Coming Soon:  2024 ADA Dental Claim Form ©

A new version of the ADA Claim Form and its updated completion instructions will be effective January 1, 2024.

The 2024 version provides new spaces for reporting data that can expedite timely and accurate claim reimbursement. It is now possible to clearly identify claims for services delivered by a “locum tenens” dentist, one who is standing in for another who is away from the practice for a short time. The form also supports reporting an identifier, known as Payer ID, that when available uniquely identifies the third-party payer receiving the claim.

ADA Dental Claim Form and Completion Instructions

The current version (2019©) sample is available for download here:

Download the comprehensive completion instruction for all items (#’s 1 through 58) on this form.

Completion Instructions Supplement 1 – Reporting Oral Cavity, Tooth Numbers or Tooth Surfaces
This "ADA Guide to Dental Procedures Reported with Area of the Oral Cavity or Tooth Anatomy (or Both)" Completion Instructions Supplement 1 concerns claim form item #s 25, 27, and 28. It specifies, by CDT code, when Area of the Oral Cavity, Tooth Numbers or Tooth Surfaces should be reported.

Completion Instructions Supplement 2 – Guide to Reporting D9985

These instructions concern claim form items # 24 through 32 and are applicable only when reporting procedure code “D9985 sales tax.”

Completion Instructions Supplement 3 – Universal Tooth Designation System ValueSet

The universal tooth designation or numbering system is accepted and approved by the ADA and is the most commonly used system used by dental professionals in America. This valueset includes the codes which should be used on the ADA Dental Claim Form as defined in the Completion Instructions. The associated International Organization for Standardization (ISO) designation system for teeth (ISO/3950) is included to assist with mapping and should not be used on the ADA Claim Form.

Technical questions concerning the ADA Dental Claim Form's content or completion should be directed to the ADA's Practice Institute staff via email ( You can also reach out to us from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday by phone 800.621.8099. The ADA Dental Claim Form and the CDT manual are copyrighted documents. Reproduction of copyrighted information is subject to a licensing agreement.
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