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Coding with Kyle: Code 4346 still causing confusion

Sept. 13, 2018
The new code 4346 still has dental offices confused. Let's try to explain it once and for all.
Kyle L. Summerford, Editorial Director
Still confused about that new code D4346? Let’s do a quick review and get this settled once and for all.


D4346: Scaling in the presence of generalized moderate or severe gingival inflammation, full mouth, after oral evaluation

The purpose of the code is to achieve healthy periodontal tissue after the initial examination.

This code should not be reported in conjunction with scaling and root planing (SRP), prophylaxis, or any periodontal maintenance cleanings. By submitting this procedure for payment, you are reporting that the patient is not a candidate for a simple prophylaxis and is not a candidate for SRP, and therefore the patient needs a more specific “cleanup” due to moderate to severe inflamed tissue.

Supporting narrative and documentation

A brief narrative, along with periodontal charting that indicates pocket depths, inflammation, bleeding on probing, and loss of attachment, should be included with this claim. The wording for diagnosis should indicate “generalized moderate or severe inflammation.”

Be sure to always submit pre-op and post-op (if available) radiographs.

Happy coding!

Codes 2952 and 2954
D2950 core buildup, including pins when required
CDT code D4381

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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].