New, Revised and Deleted CDT Codes for 2017

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From the Winter 2017 Journal of the Colorado Dental Association

The CDT Code Maintenance Committee approved 11 new codes for 2017. Thirty-seven codes were revised for 2017, though only five code revisions were substantive. One CDT code was deleted.

View these revisions.

Please make note of these additions and deletions to ensure timely processing of claims.

While 2017 CDT code changes were effective Jan. 1, 2017, dental benefit plans may take months (or longer) to recognize and implement new codes for billing purposes. The existence of a code does not mean that it will be covered under a patient’s policy. But without a code, plans would not have the ability to cover the service. Plans may put additional restrictions and parameters on codes for payment, so be sure to check with specific plans on their billing allowances and guidelines.

cdt-2017For a copy of the full 2017 CDT Code and reference manual, visit or call 800-947-4746. New for this year is a CDT Code Check App for Apple and Andriod devices that makes CDT code information easily portable and searchable. All three products are bundled as the CDT 2017 and Companion Kit with Code Check App, sold at $85 for ADA members or $127.50 for nonmembers. CDT products are also sold individually as e-Books or in other bundles. CDA members can save 15% until Jan. 20 on all ADA Catalog items with promo code 16217.