The Current Dental Terminology (CDT®) codes are a separate category of codes developed by the American Dental Association. The codes, which are included in the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II nomenclature for use by dentists and physicians, are included as part of the standard procedural code set under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The HCPCS CDT codes range from D0120–D9999.

HCPCS guidelines require that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code be reported when a CPT and HCPCS code have virtually identical narratives for the procedure or service. If the narratives are not identical (eg, the CPT narrative is generic and the HCPCS code is more specific), the HCPCS code should be reported in lieu of the CPT code. It is important to understand that payer requirements for reporting may differ from these guidelines.

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