HL7 Terminology
1.0.0 - Publication

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Surface Codes


Defining URL:http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/surface
Title:Surface Codes

This value set includes a smattering of FDI tooth surface codes.

Publisher:Financial Management
Committee:Financial Management
OID:2.16.840.1.113883.4.642.3.546 (for OID based terminology systems)

This is an example set.

Source Resource:XML / JSON / Turtle


This value set is not used

Content Logical Definition

Logical Definition (CLD)



This value set contains 11 concepts

Expansion based on Surface Codes v4.2.0 (CodeSystem)

All codes from system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/FDI-surface

MMesialThe surface of a tooth that is closest to the midline (middle) of the face.
OOcclusalThe chewing surface of posterior teeth.
IIncisalThe biting edge of anterior teeth.
DDistalThe surface of a tooth that faces away from the midline of the face.
BBuccalThe surface of a posterior tooth facing the cheeks.
VVentralThe surface of a tooth facing the lips.
LLingualThe surface of a tooth facing the tongue.
MOMesioclusalThe Mesioclusal surfaces of a tooth.
DODistoclusalThe Distoclusal surfaces of a tooth.
DIDistoincisalThe Distoincisal surfaces of a tooth.
MODMesioclusodistalThe Mesioclusodistal surfaces of a tooth.

Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

Level A few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. In this scheme, some codes are under other codes, and imply that the code they are under also applies
Source The source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
Code The code (used as the code in the resource instance)
Display The display (used in the display element of a Coding). If there is no display, implementers should not simply display the code, but map the concept into their application
Definition An explanation of the meaning of the concept
Comments Additional notes about how to use the code


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