(To Be Used for Making Entries in Patient Progress Notes)

Abbreviations

Definitions

@ at
aa of each (equal parts
ACR  all caries removed (AC not R - all caries not removed)
ad lib at leisure, as needed or desired
ADT  Accepted Dental Therapeutics
Ag silver; silver amalgam; silver endodontic cones
Al aluminum
al  alveolar, alveolus
anesth anesthetic; anesthesia
ant.  anterior
approx. approximate(ly)
ASA Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
Au gold
bid  twice a day
BP blood pressure
buc buccal
Bx biopsy
c with
C. centigrade
CA carcinoma
Ca(OH)2  Calcium hydroxide
cap capsule
Carbo Carbocaine
CBC complete blood count
cc cubic centimeter
CC chief complaint
cem cement, cementation
CNS central nervous system
comp  composite
Crn crown (Au Cr, etc.)
X-bite cross bite
CVA cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
DDX differential diagnosis
o degree (o)
Dx Diagnosis
dia diameter
disp dispense
D distal
dl deciliter
DMFT decayed, missing, and filled teeth
DMFS decayed, missing, and filled surfaces
doz dozen
e.g. for example
Endo Endodontic department
ENT ears, nose, and throat
epith epithelium
equiv equivalent
et al. and others
F facial (buccal or labial or tooth)
F. Fahrenheit
  female
ff following
fl.oz. fluid ounce
FMX full mouth x-rays
FPD fixed partial denture
fract (Fx) fracture
ft. foot
GI gastrointestinal (tract)
ging gingivae; gingivectomy
gm gram
gr grain
GP gutta percha
Hb hemoglobin (hbg)
Hi BP high blood pressure
H 2O2 Hydrogen peroxide
hosp hospital (ized)
HxPL history of present illness
Hx history
I&D incision and drainage
i.e. that is
ibid. in the same place
imp alg impression with alginate
imp RB impression rubber base
imp cpd impression with compound
imp wash impression and wash (ZOE, wax, plaster0
IC intracutaneous
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
IO intraoral
IU international unit
jt  joint
kg Kilogram
KvP peak kilovoltage
L liter
lab laboratory
lat lateral
ligt ligament
liq liquid
m meter
ma milliampere
mand mandibular, mandible
mary, maxilla  
MDR minimum daily requirement
med medicate, medicine
mg milligram
MCI myocardial infarction
ml milliliter
M mesial, mesio
MD doctor of medicine
mm millimeter
MO mesial-occlusal
MOD mesial-occlusal-distal
MOF mesial-occlusal facial
MOL mesial-occlusal lingual
MODFL mesial-occlusal distal facial lingual
N nerve(s)
N2O nitrous oxide
neg negative
norm normal
n.p.o. (nil per os) nothing by mouth
NTBP normal temperature and blood pressure
  male
occ occlusion. occlusal
OD oral diagnosis
o.d. every day (omni die)
ODC oral disease control
OM oral medicine
opp opposite, opposing
OR operating room
Ortho Orthodontic department
OS Oral Surgery department
osteo osteoplasty,osteomyelitis
oz. ounce
PAN panoramic radiograph
PDR Physician's Desk Reference
PE physical evaluation
Pedo Pediatric Dentistry Department
pen pnicillin, pen V, pen VK
Perio Periodontic department
PI present illness
PMH past medical history
PFM porcelain fused to metal
PO (post-op) post-operative
porc porcelain
post posterior
prep preparation
p.r.n. as required
prog prognosis
Pros Prosthodontic department
pt pint
Px prophylaxis (prophylactic scaling, polishing)
q every
qd every day
qh every hour
q3h every 3 hours
fquid four times a day
qn every night
qt quart
rad (radiation absorbed dose) a unit measuring absorbed dose of radiation
RBC red blood cells, count
RCT root canal treatment
Rd rubber dam
Res resin
Rl radiolucent
RO radiopaque
Rt right
Rx treatment, "take"
s without
SBE subacute bacterial endocarditis
SGC sub-gingival curettage
sig: - (mark) heading for patient directions on a prescription
soln solution
ss one-half
ssc stainless steel crown
sut suture (bss - black silk suture)
Sx symptom (ASx - asymptomatic)
T temperature
tab tablet
TB tuberculosis
TCT tissue conditioning treatment
TMJ temporomandibular joint
TRPD treatment removable partial denture
tsp teaspoon
USP United States Pharmacopeia
w which
WBC white blood cells (count)
wt. weight
yr year
XT extract (ion)
XP exposure of pulp (mch. mechanical., car-carious)
Xylo lidocaine HCl, 2% with epinephrine 1:100,000
Xylo 50 lidocaine HCl, 2% with epinephrine 1:50,000
Xylo N.V. lidocaine HCl, 2% with no vasoconstrictoR