Procedure Code Tools

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 so you do not accidentally reset customized autocodes, procedure buttons, appt proc quick adds, or recall types. The Security Admin Permission is required to run procedure code tools.

Check the box next to the tools you want 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. Add abbreviations for codes where the abbreviation is currently blank. CDT codes that are no longer in use will remain in their existing categories.

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.
  • 2021 CDT Codes: Version 20.3.48 or 20.4.28 or greater
  • 2020 CDT Codes: Version 19.2.57 or 19.3.36 or greater
  • 2019 CDT Codes: Version 18.2.47 or 18.3.26 or greater

See our video:QuickTip: How to Update Your CDT Codes

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

Procedure Buttons: Delete all existing procedure buttons, then add the default Procedure Buttons.

Appt Procs Quick Add: Reset the list of Quick Add procedures on the Edit Appointment to defaults.

Recall Types: Reset default Recall Types and triggers. Any trigger T codes will be replaced with D codes.

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

Technical Details

When running the D codes tool, the following changes occur automatically:


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, or No to cancel.