Procedure Code Tools

Use Procedure Code Tools to update to the latest CDT codes and more.

In Procedure Codes, at the lower left, click Tools.

Procedure Code Tools should be run in the following situations:

Note: Use caution when selecting and running tools as to not accidentally reset customized Auto Codes, Procedure Buttons, Appt Proc Quick Adds, or Recall Types. The Security Admin and Procedure Code Edit Permissions are required to run Procedure Code Tools.

Check the box next to the tools to run. Uncheck a box to deselect a tool.

T codes: Remove all temp codes (T) that were installed with the Trial version.

N codes: Add missing no-fee procedure codes.

D codes: Add missing ADA CDT codes and set descriptions to the defaults. For Canadian offices, adds or updates Canadian codes. Add abbreviations for codes where the abbreviation is currently blank.

Note: New CDT codes are periodically released by the American Dental Association and generally released in Open Dental version updates at the beginning of the appropriate year. CDT codes are only available for distribution in the U.S.
  • 2022 CDT Codes: Version 21.2.47 or 21.3.22 or greater
  • 2021 CDT Codes: Version 20.3.48 or 20.4.28 or greater

When updating to a version above, old codes no longer in use by the ADA are automatically moved to the Obsolete category.
See our video:QuickTip: How to Update Your CDT Codes

Autocodes: Delete all existing Auto Codesand reset to default. Procedure buttons will be dissociated from the deleted auto codes.

Procedure Buttons: Delete all existing Procedure Buttons and reset to default .

Appt Procs Quick Add: Delete all existing Appt Procs Quick Adds and reset to default. Reset the list of Quick Add procedures on the Edit Appointment to defaults.

Recall Types: Delete all existing Recall Types and triggers and reset to default. Any trigger T codes will be replaced with D codes.

Run Now: Click to run all selected tools. A message will indicate when updates are done.

Troubleshooting

I get the message above when attempting to run the D Codes.

Solution: This message appears when you are running the D Code tool prior to the 1st of the new year. Claims may be rejected if new procedure codes are sent before they take affect. This message warns you of this prior to importing the codes. Click Yes to continue importing the new codes, or No to cancel.