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Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry (SNODENT)

SNODENT is a vocabulary designed for use in the electronic environment – for electronic health and dental records.

SNODENT is a vocabulary designed for use in the electronic environment – for electronic health and dental records. The intended purpose is to: •Provide standardized terms for describing dental disease •Capture clinical detail and patient characteristics, and •Permit analysis of patient care services and outcomes Its initial development began more than 10 years ago, with several starts and stops over the years. The original version of SNODENT, completed in 1999, included approximately 2600 concepts. In 2007, the ADA began the process of updating SNODENT for use in the current environment. The new version now has over 6000 concepts.SNODENT now conforms to the “Vocabulary Desiderata” (Latin for “Desired Things”) identified by Cimino (1998) in his paper, “Desiderata for Controlled Medical Vocabularies in the 21st Century”. Currently, the American Dental Association (ADA) is developing a cross-walk from SNODENT to ICD-10. Dr. Mark Jurkovich is the lead ADA volunteer working on the harmonization of SNODENT to SNOMED-CT and the mapping of SNODENT to ICD-10-CM.

Type of project: industry


Involved Persons:

Project Leader: Division of Dental Practice (American Dental Assocation)
Other involved People:


Is the project funded?yes
Funding source:ADA

DIOC user:

ornela besho (6 star_blue), American Dental Association
ornela besho's interests: digital imaging/image processing, clinical decision support, practice management, implementation/maintenance of IT, evidence-based dentistry/electronic information resources, research methods, library information sciences, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies


arden forrey (23 ), 06/15/2012:
I commented on the earlier DIOC SNODENT project and those comments apply. ADA has coordinated with IHTSDO on the inclusion of SNODENT with SNOMED-CT. I am working at UW-SOD to get recognition of SNOMED-CT and all its included vocabularies, such as SNODENT, to reflect how these vocabularies support Individual Health and its Resource Management in consistent transparent ways. This objective will include how SNODENT/SNOMED-CT can be used in the AxiUm EOHR system used in 50 of 70 Dental Schools and be related to both formal and CDE curricula of these Schools. Much work is needed to get active, productive dialog on these subjects and how these subjects serve Med/Dent education integration.


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