Can I code for a 4 or more teeth for periodontal osseous surgery if the actual teeth with pockets are only 3 but extends between 4 or more teeth? For example teeth with 5 mm pockets are #’s 17, 18, 24. Would this be considered 4 or more teeth since the surgeon would need to access over 4 teeth to effectively perform the surgery?

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  • Can I code for a 4 or more teeth for periodontal osseous surgery if the actual teeth with pockets are only 3 but extends between 4 or more teeth? For example teeth with 5 mm pockets are #'s 17, 18, 24. Would this be considered 4 or more teeth since the surgeon would need to access over 4 teeth to effectively perform the surgery?

Can I code for a 4 or more teeth for periodontal osseous surgery if the actual teeth with pockets are only 3 but extends between 4 or more teeth? For example teeth with 5 mm pockets are #’s 17, 18, 24. Would this be considered 4 or more teeth since the surgeon would need to access over 4 teeth to effectively perform the surgery?

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You may only code those teeth that are diseased and involved. From your description above it appears to be 1-3 teeth, therefore CDT code D4261 would be the most appropriate code.

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