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Dental coding with Kyle: Bone grafts

April 20, 2016
Dental coding can be a confusing undertaking for the dental team. Kyle Summerford, editor of DAOMD, shares helpful tips in his monthly column to assist dental team members with the confusing world of coding.
Kyle L. Summerford, Editorial Director

These two codes should be used only if bone graft is placed where a natural tooth exists.
(D4263)—Bone replacement: First site in quadrant
(D4264)—Bone replacement: Each additional

This code should be used only if performing peri-implant surgery on an existing implant.
(D6103)—Bone graft repair for peri-implant defect

This code should be used if placing an implant and on the same visit, and when bone grafting the exact area.
(D6104)—Bone graft at time of implant placement

If performing an extraction of either a natural tooth, or bone grafting after implant removal, this is the correct code.
(D7953)—Bone replacement graft for ridge preservation

Always keep in mind that it is recommended to send in a pre-treatment authorization, including radiographs and periodontal charting, to ensure a smooth claim determination process.

What code to use for dental exam visit?
D4341 and D4342, scaling and root planing
D4249–clinical crown lengthening

Kyle L. Summerford is CEO and founder of Summerford Solutions, Inc. and editorial director of PennWell’s Dental Assisting & Office Manager Digest e-newsletter. He provides professional business coaching for dentists. Mr. Summerford is a professional speaker and author focusing on topics such as increasing practice revenue and staff efficiency training. Visit with inquiries regarding his dental practice efficiency services.