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 CDT codes and set descriptions to the defaults. 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.
  • 2019 CDT Codes: Version 18.2.47 or 18.3.26 or greater
  • 2018 CDT Codes: Version 17.2.36 or 17.3.22 or greater
  • 2017 CDT Codes: Version 16.3.19 or greater
  • 2016 CDT Codes: Version 15.3.37 or greater
  • 2015 CDT Codes: Version 14.3.12 or greater
  • 2014 CDT Codes: Version 13.2.22 or greater
  • 2013 CDT Codes: Version 12.4.32 or greater

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:

2013 Codes: When running the D codes tool for 2013 codes, the changes below also occur automatically.


Problem: I can't find my D1208 code.

Solution: Your Cleanings category might be hidden. In the Procedure Codes window, check the Show Hidden box, click All, then type D1208 into the By Code box. Either unhide the category in the Procedure Code List by clicking the Edit Categories button. Or else double click on the code (you must have Setup permission) and move the code to a different category. When you open the Procedure Code Edit window, hidden categories will not show, so the top-most category will be highlighted by default, and you can simply click OK to save the change.

Problem: I already added D1208. What happens when I update?

Solution: The update will not alter your existing D1208 code. All the other related automation will still happen automatically.

Problem: I'm an eCW user. Do I really need to update Open Dental for 2013?

Solution: No. Just manually add code D1208. This assumes that you send your claims from eCW. The main reason for updating Open Dental would be to get the new procedure descriptions. Insurance companies are being very picky about the procedure descriptions in claims. So if you don't send claims from Open Dental, the update is not important.