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Dental coding with Kyle: 2019 coding changes

Nov. 15, 2018
With the new year comes dental coding changes. Here are some of the new codes dental office managers can start learning to give themselves a jump on 2019 coding.
With the arrival of the New Year comes the arrival of new CDT code changes.

Here’s a quick reference to show you what’s changing in 2019.

Here are the new CDT 2019 codes, effective January 1, 2019.

D0412: Blood glucose level test—In-office using a glucose meter

D1516: Space maintainer—Fixed – bilateral, maxillary

D1517: Space maintainer—Fixed – bilateral, mandibular

D1526: Space maintainer—Removable – bilateral, maxillary

D1527: Space maintainer—Removable – bilateral, mandibular

D5282: Removable unilateral partial denture—One-piece cast metal, including clasps and teeth

D5283: Removable unilateral partial denture—One-piece cast metal, including clasps and teeth, mandibular

D5281, D5876: Add metal substructure to acrylic full denture, per arch

D9130: Temporomandibular joint dysfunction—Non-invasive physical therapies

D9613: Infiltration of sustained release therapeutic drug—Single or multiple sites

D9944: Occlusal guard—Hard appliance, full arch

D9946: Occlusal guard—Hard appliance, partial arch

D9990: Certified translation or sign-language services per visit

Here are the existing CDT codes that are being deleted, effective January 1, 2019.

D1515: Space maintainer—Fixed – bilateral

D1525: Space maintainer—Removable – bilateral

D5281: Removable unilateral partial denture—One-piece cast metal, including clasps and teeth

D9940: Occlusal guard, by report

Don’t forget to update your practice management software for the New Year.

Happy coding!

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About the Author

Kyle L. Summerford

With more than 22 years of experience in dental, Kyle L. Summerford has a unique approach to case presentation and patient acceptance. As an OM and financial dental consultant, he leverages his knowledge to assist new and struggling dental practices. Through his education programs, Kyle empowers staff members with effective patient education skills and persuasion techniques. He has lectured at CE events and academic institutions. His expertise is further recognized through his column, Dental Coding with Kyle. He’s the founder of the Dental Office Managers Community. Visit his website at