Dental CPT codes are the Level 1 codes that report procedures for dental works by the medical payers. Different CPT dental codes refer to different scenarios in the claim form for dental procedures. Oftentimes, the codes associated with simple extraction and surgical extraction are used incorrectly. So, it is important to understand the difference between simple and surgical extractions.

If a tooth does not require a complex, painful surgery by the dentist to treat issues related to your gums or tooth using simple tools, that is a simple extraction. On the other hand, if a surgery includes complications like removing tissue gums or the tooth entirely, it is referred to as a surgical extraction. And often, such surgery requires stitches and constant follow-ups with your dentist for a speedy recovery. 

What is dental code D7210?

Dental code d7210, amongst the medical codes for dental procedures covering oral health and dentistry, refers to the extraction procedure. The code refers to the surgical removal of an erupted tooth. Specifically, the method requires removal or sectioning of the bone of the teeth, with the elevation of the mucoperiosteal flap. It also includes smoothing of socket bone and closure. It is necessary to record d7210 when there is a removal or sectioning of the tooth. If there is no such case, there is no need for reporting. Different scenarios require different CDT Codes to be followed.

What is the procedure of the D7210 Code?

In the case of an erupted tooth, when the bone needs to be removed, the d7210 code is submitted. There often needs to be more clarity between the codes 7210 and 7140. The latter is when an erupted root/tooth does not require the bone to be removed or operated on. Because this extraction procedure is a lengthy process that is often very complex and critical, the compensation rate is 150-180 percent higher than the one under the usual conditions. 

Additional information for d7210

The d7210 code should be used very carefully, and it should be noted that the process is accurately and truthfully explained clinically. Extracted teeth refer to the regular tooth and the wisdom tooth. To ensure that the extraction process qualifies for the d7210 dental code, an intraoral camera is often recommended to show that the treatment was performed under a licensed dentist and proper procedure. Moreover, after the process, a photograph is also generated of that sectioned tooth on which the procedure was performed. This picture can support the claim that the bone was removed during the process. Any supporting or radiographic image should also be attached with the necessary documentation of the dental code claim.  

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