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Dental coding with Kyle: D0210 Intraoral—Complete series of radiographic images

Aug. 16, 2019
It's important for dental front office managers to bill with correct codes. But there are many moving parts and tricky catches. This coding column can help.
Kyle L. Summerford, Editorial Director

A complete series of x-rays is considered when a combination of 14 to 22 periapical and bitewing images are taken on a single visit.
• Most insurance companies limit the frequency to 36 months, although some do have longer frequencies.
• At any single visit, if the fee for individual periapicals and bitewings taken exceeds the in-network or usual customary reasonable (UCR) fee, the insurance will consider it a full-mouth series and deny payment if a history already exists within the 36-month frequency.
• If the patient has a history of a panoramic image (D0330) on file taken within the exclusion period, a full-mouth series will be denied, and vice versa.

Always check your patients’ benefit histories. Doing so will provide you with a complete breakdown of frequencies and eligibility.


D5994—Periodontal medicament carrier with peripheral seal, laboratory processed

D7951 or D7952: Sinus augmentation

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