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Coding with Kyle: New ADA CDT Codes—2021

Jan. 13, 2021
This column from Kyle Summerford is designed to guide office managers through the tricky world of dental coding. There are nuances and correct ways to submit codes to insurance companies. This month we're reviewing new codes for the new year.
Kyle L. Summerford, Editorial Director

Happy 2021, front office managers and staff! As you're well aware, each year the ADA establishes new CDT codes and does away with a few that are underused. We've put together a handy reference list for you below.  

New ADA CDT Codes

D0604 Antigen testing for a public health-related pathogen; includes coronavirus.

D0605 Antibody testing for a public health-related pathogen; includes coronavirus.

D0701 Panoramic radiographic image; image capture only. The fee for a panoramic image capture only is considered part of the fee for procedure D0330 and is not billable to the patient.

D0702 2D cephalometric radiographic image; image capture only.

D0703 2D oral/facial photographic image obtained intraorally or extraorally.

D0704 3D photographic image; image capture only.

D0705 Extraoral posterior dental radiographic image; image capture only.

D0706 Intraoral; occlusal radiographic image; image capture only.

D0707 Intraoral; periapical radiographic image; image capture only.

D0708 Intraoral; bitewing radiographic image; image capture only.

D0709 Intraoral; complete series of radiographic images; image capture only.

D1321 Counseling for the control and prevention of adverse oral, behavioral, and systemic health effects associated with high-risk substance use.

D1355 Caries preventive medicament application; per tooth.

D2928 Prefabricated porcelain/ceramic crown; permanent tooth.

D3471 Surgical repair of root resorption; anterior.

D3472 Surgical repair of root resorption; premolar.

D3473 Surgical repair of root resorption; molar.

D3501 Surgical exposure of root surface without apicoectomy or repair of root resorption; anterior.

D3502 Surgical exposure of root surface without apicoectomy or repair of root resorption; premolar.

D3503 Surgical exposure of root surface without apicoectomy or repair of root resorption; molar.

D5995 Periodontal medicament carrier with peripheral seal; laboratory processed; maxillary.

D5996 Periodontal medicament carrier with peripheral seal; laboratory processed; mandibular.

D7993 Surgical placement of craniofacial implant; extraoral.

D7994 Surgical placement: zygomatic implant.

D6191 Semi-precision abutment; placement

D6192 Semi-precision attachment; placement.

D7961 Buccal/labial frenectomy (frenulectomy).

D7962 Lingual frenectomy (frenulectomy).

Deleted ADA CDT Codes

D3427 Periradicular surgery without apicoectomy.

D5994 Periodontal medicament carrier with peripheral seal; laboratory processed.

D6052 Semi-precision attachment abutment.

D7960 Frenulectomy; also known as frenectomy or frenotomy; separate procedure not incidental to another procedure.

About the Author

Kyle L. Summerford | Editorial Director

Kyle L. Summerford is president of Summerford Solutions Inc. Being a dental office manager, dental practice consultant, and dental coding educator has enabled him to guide his company to provide services to dental practices and their staffs nationwide. Kyle has lectured at many CE events and academic institutions—Stony Brook University, New York City County Dental Society, and Georgia Regents University. He’s authored many Dental Coding with Kyle articles. He’s the founder of Dental Office Managers Facebook Community and Dental Manager Connect. Contact him at [email protected].