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Coding with Kyle: Limited orthodontic treatment

July 11, 2018
Dental coding can be a bit tricky for the front office staff. It's important to know when to bill for what. This month's coding column focuses on limited orthodontic coding.
Kyle L. Summerford, Editorial Director

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Last month, this month, and next month, I will focus on billing for orthodontic procedures. Each of these coding articles will consist of the different steps involved when billing for ortho.

What exactly is limited orthodontic treatment? Limited orthodontic treatment usually does not consist of tooth movement involving the maxillary and mandibular arch and may only involve minor or minimal therapy.

There are four types of limited orthodontic treatment descriptors, so there are four known ADA codes that can be used when reporting such treatments.

D8010—Limited orthodontic treatment of the primary dentition

This code is commonly used for children, and primary teeth are present and erupted.

D8020—Limited orthodontic treatment of the transitional dentition

This code is commonly used for children who are in the process of losing their primary teeth and have some permanent teeth already present.

D8030—Limited orthodontic treatment of the adolescent dentition

This code is commonly used for young teenagers in whom the permanent teeth are fully present. But, due to their age, they are still undergoing bone growth, which could affect the upper and lower jaws.

D8040—Limited orthodontic treatment of the adult dentition

This code is commonly used for adults who are undergoing minor corrections and minimal movement.

Happy coding! Now, go save those teeth!

Billing for orthodontic retainers
Codes 2952 and 2954
D2950 core buildup, including pins when required

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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].