CDT: Current Dental Terminology Book form published each year with updated dental codes and uses as well as descriptions.
Diagnostic Codes: Those codes that relate to those procedures that aid in diagnosis. 0100-0999
Preventative Codes: Those codes that relate to those procedures promote, restore, and maintain oral health. 1000-1999
Restorative Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that use restorative materials to return the affected tooth to good health and restore proper function. 2000-2999
Endodontic Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that are concerned with the biology, pathology, prevention, and treatment of dental pulp and periapical tissues. 3000-3999
Periodontal Codes: Those codes that relate to the procedures that address the chronic bacterial infection of gingival and surrounding periodontal tissue. 4000-4999
Prosthodontic Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that provide substitutions for teeth or portions of teeth that are lost or missing addressing impaired function, appearance, and comfort issues. 5000-5899
Dental Implant: Titanium posts that are permanently attached to the jaw bone to which crowns, bridges, or dentures are attached.
Bridge: Replacement of one or more missing teeth that permanently attaches to natural teeth or roots that furnish the primary support to the appliance.
Oral Surgery Codes: Those codes that relate to procedures that deal with the diagnosis, surgery , and treatment of disease and deformaties of oral and maxillofacial regions. 7000-7999
Orthodontic Codes: Related to procedures that correct and prevent irregularities of malocclusion. 8000-8999
Adjunctive Service Codes: Other/Unclassified procedure codes. 9000-9999
Crown: Tooth restoration in which part of the natural tooth structure is removed and replaced with a full coverage restoration of suitable dental material
Provisional Crown: A temporary crown designed for a period of up to 6 months in which a tooth is evaluated before placing a permanent crown restoration.
Prefabricated: Premade; not custom made
Core Buildup: Restoration or preparation designed to allow enough structure for the placement of a crown.
Veneer: A layer of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or composite resin, attached to and covering surface of a metal crown or natural tooth structure; a thin surface layer laid over a base of common material.
Pulpotomy: Removal of portion of tooth’s pulp structure, usually the coronal portion.
Root Canal (RCTX): Removal of a normal, diseased, or dead pulp by biochemical and mechanical means, enlargement and sterilization of the root canal, followed by filling the canal, to effect healing of diseased periapical tissues
Debridement: Removal of foreign matter to obtain access to tooth structure and tissues
Denture: An artificial substitute for missing natural teeth (complete arch) and adjacent tissues.
Partial (Denture): An artificial substitute for missing natural teeth (one or multiple) that attaches onto remaining healthy teeth
Pontic: Artificial tooth on a fixed partial (bridge) that replaces a missing tooth or teeth.
Retainer: Attachement/crowned teeth used to fixate or stabilize a prosthesis or bridge.
Impacted: A tooth in which the normal eruption is prevented by adjacent teeth or bone due to being wedged or pressed.
Extraction: Removal of a tooth
Abscess: A collection of infected material (pus) due to a bacterial infection in the center of the tooth.
Analgesia: (N2O) A neurologic or pharmacologic state in which painful stimuli are moderated such that although still perceived, they are no longer painful.
Nitrous Oxide: A quick acting, reversible, nondepressant, and nontoxic inhalation analgesic to supplement other anesthetics and analgesics.