We are reducing the ridge on the mandible for a patient before we place a future implant. We would normally use the D7950 code when doing a ridge augmentation; however, the current CDT code book lists the code D7950 as a procedure for ridge augmentation or reconstruction TO INCREASE THE HEIGHT. And we will be reducing the height. Is there a better code we should be using?? Thank you
Since you are performing a ridge augmentation where you are reducing the ridge instead of increasing the ridge a more appropriate code would be D7999. Submit with a brief explanation in the remarks area of the ADA 2012 claim form and use the appropriate ICD-10-CM code as explanation.
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