ADA updates CDT codes: 10 things to know

The American Dental Association's Code Maintenance Committee approved updates to six CDT code categories during its March 10 meeting.

Ten things to know:

1. The committee approved the addition of 29 new codes, 14 revisions and two deletions.

2. The updates cover seven COVID-19 vaccination codes, six diagnostic imaging codes and codes for the administration of human papillomavirus vaccines.

3. This is the first time a code has been established for the administration of the HPV vaccine.

4. The committee established six diagnostic imaging codes for tomosynthesis, bitewings and periapicals.

5. Six procedure codes were approved for guided tissue regeneration.

6. There are four new codes to document 3D dental and facial surface scanning procedures.

7. Revisions were made to nomenclatures or descriptors of several codes for periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, and adjunctive general services.

8. L. King Scott, DDS, chair of the Code Maintenance Committee, said two revisions to the D0210 and D4355 procedure codes will be published before CDT 2023 is effective.

9. The new COVID-19 vaccination codes are effective immediately.

10. The other CDT code updates will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.

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