The medical community often uses abbreviations for commonly used words, phrases, ailments, and body parts. The dental field is no exception. Taking abbreviated notes saves time and allows for better patient and doctor interactions. It also makes patient files smaller for easier transport from practice to practice.
However, the abbreviations used need to be universal across the entire industry or else they will do more harm than good. Confusing one notated word for another could cause expensive and unhealthy mistakes for both the doctor and the patient. Specialized dentists, such as orthodontists or periodontists, need to be able to read notations left on medical charts left by the primary dental provider. Nurses and hygienists need to be able to understand notations in order to care for the patient properly. Even office associates must understand dental abbreviations in order to bill the insurance companies and patients properly.
Knowing the abbreviations commonly used in the dental community can benefit doctors, patients, nurses, and dental students alike. Having a list of abbreviations can aid patients and doctors finding alternative treatments or further information on problems. Patients can also look over their medical records and understand the various notations if they have a list of abbreviations available.
Some groups, such as the Army or even offices within insurance groups, may also maintain their own lists of acronyms.
This list was compiled using the following resources, and should be referenced for further abbreviations: Medtrng.com