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Coding with Kyle: D9110—Palliative treatment of dental pain

Oct. 15, 2021
This column from Kyle Summerford is designed to guide office managers through the tricky world of dental coding. This month, learn more about D9110.
Kyle L. Summerford, Editorial Director

Code D9110 can be used to report performing a minor procedure to alleviate discomfort, sensitivity, and/or pain at a single visit.

This code:

  • Can be reported when subsequent visits may be necessary for a more definitive treatment
  • Should not be used for routine dental exams and/or post-op appointments
  • Should not be reported on the same visit when performing basic or major services
  • Should not be used when reporting an emergency visit for treatment already completed unless a new problem arises and requires further treatment

Limited examination D0140 can be reported upon an oral examination of the patient.

Periapical x-rays D0220/D0230 are typically performed at the emergency visit to diagnose necessary emergency treatment.

A narrative with x-rays can be helpful in facilitating claim payment. Document the tooth number, what treatment was performed, and why in the patient's chart and narrative.

Kyle L. Summerford is a nationally recognized practice management guru, author, and lecturer. He is founder and president of Summerford Solutions Inc., and cofounder of Kyle also serves as editorial director of Dental Office Manager Digest e-newsletter. He lectures extensively to dentists and their staff on topics such as insurance coding and billing and useful practice management tips. Contact him at [email protected].