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The Business of Dentistry: Patient Records and Records Management

Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA; Wendy Frye, CDA, RDA, MADAA; Lynda Hilling, CDA, MADAA; Lisa Lovering, CDA, CDPMA, MADAA; Linette Schmitt, CDA, RDA, MADAA; Wilhemina Leeuw, MS, CDA

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Colors and symbols are often used on the tooth diagrams when charting the conditions present in a patient’s mouth.  There are different ways in which to use colors and symbols on the dental record and each dentist will use the system that works best for him/her.  It is necessary, therefore, to be familiar with the particular system in use in the dental practice.  Normally, the color blue represents dental work that has been completed and the color red represents dental work that needs to be completed.  Some practices chart calculus in green, while others use red.  In most cases, the use of the color red denotes a deviation from the normal, such as decay, recession or a deep periodontal pocket.  Restorative materials and existing conditions are represented by various symbols (Figure 16).

Symbols and abbreviations may vary slightly from one office to another.  It is important to become familiar with these symbols, as you may be called upon to assist the clinical team in charting.

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