Enhanced CDT

A new project to review and enhance the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT)

Enhanced CDT Code

This web page provides important information on this project for all in the dental community that use the CDT Code – e.g., dentists, practice management system vendors and dental insurance companies. Periodic updates will be posted here as more information becomes available. Please “bookmark” this page and check back often.

Project Update:

The Enhanced CDT Code Project was created by the Council on Dental Benefit Programs with the intent of potentially enhancing the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature — better known as the CDT Code — so that this ADA code set serves current and evolving needs for robust patient records and accurate claim submissions.

The ADA held an open comment period from Nov. 7, 2022, through March 31, 2023, to gather feedback on examples of a framework for an enhanced CDT Code that includes code modifiers. Seven public listening sessions were held during that time. A total of 326 comments were received.

Using public feedback as guidance, the Council determined that the project should proceed within the constraints of the current CDT format - without the addition of modifiers - to accommodate patient dental record documentation and claim submission needs. The Council will continue to monitor the needs of the dental profession and the need for enhancements to documentation and reporting of codified information.

Contact Us

Email us anytime at dentalcode@ada.org. 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.