CDT: Coding Companion

CDT: Coding Companion
2021 © American Dental Association
ISBN-10: 1-68447-066-8 / ISBN-13: 978-1-68447-066-2
eISBN-10: 1-68447-067-6 / eISBN-13: 978-1-68447-067-9
Dentistry, Coding & Classification


New codes, new staff, new diagnoses—these situations can slow down the billing process and cause coding confusion. This companion book to CDT 2021: Current Dental Terminology compiles more than 200 frequently asked coding questions and gives the answers dentists and dental teams need. It also presents more than 140 common dental coding scenarios and explains how to properly resolve them.

In addition to adding new coding scenarios and coding Q&As, the section on ICD-10 coding has been enhanced and expanded. Information on coding for people with special healthcare needs has been added, as well as a resource for smoking cessation and dental care.

The CDT Companion explains codes dealing with:

  • • Counseling for the control and prevention of adverse oral, behavioral, and systemic health effects associated with high-risk substance use, including vaping
  • • Medicament application for the prevention of caries
  • • Image captures done through teledentistry by a licensed practitioner to forward to another dentist for interpretation
  • • Testing to identify patients who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2 (aka COVID-19)

For years, the ADA’s Council on Dental Benefits has fielded questions from dentists and dental teams. CDT 2021 Coding Companion: Training Guide for the Dental Team has all the answers—it’s an essential resource for every dental office to be used as a self-guided training tool, a helpful refresher, and an everyday resource.


  • • Developed by the ADA, the official source for CDT codes
  • • Illustrated section on coding for implants
  • • May reduce claims rejection because it helps improve coding skills, saving both money and time
  • • Frees up staff for other duties because if they code correctly, they spend less time on coding in general
  • • Explains ICD-10 Diagnosis codes and how they relate to dentistry
  • • Organized by category of service so information is easier to find based on the specific needs of your dental practice
  • • Written by a variety of coding experts, such as dental consultants, practicing dentists, dental school faculty, dental specialty association representatives and insurance industry veterans
  • • Index by numeric code
  • • Nearly 150 coding scenarios, based on questions submitted by ADA members, provide step-by-step coding solutions.
  • • More than 200 answers to questions posed by ADA members in a brief Q&A format
  • • New! Alphabetic index by topic
  • • New! Section on coding for patients with special healthcare needs

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