Purpose: If a tooth breaks or is grossly decayed it may be difficult to restore with a crown.
A crown lengthening is performed when there is very little remaining tooth structure. The procedure involves a tissue flap, which removes bone and soft tissue to expose more tooth surface so that it may be properly restored.
Submitting the claim with x-rays is not enough to facilitate coverage and payment.
• This code should be applied only when the procedure involves removing hard tissue (bone).
• Dental insurance companies will refer to the patient plan limitations and exclusions when considering the dental claim. This procedure has a limitation of once per lifetime, per tooth.
• If reporting a restorative procedure on the same tooth and on the same day as crown lengthening, the claim will be denied for payment.
• A narrative should be included that indicates percentage of tooth structure remaining after crown lengthening.
• Pre-op and post op x-rays must always accompany the claim form, and in addition, periodontal charting should be included.
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