My PT is getting a conventional overdenture. In order to prepare the remaining natural tooth structure to rest under the denture, the doctor must file away the natural tooth crown so only the tooth root remains. Then he must cap the root with composite material. He called the procedure a “root cap.” What are the proper CDT codes to use for insurance billing purposes?

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  • My PT is getting a conventional overdenture. In order to prepare the remaining natural tooth structure to rest under the denture, the doctor must file away the natural tooth crown so only the tooth root remains. Then he must cap the root with composite material. He called the procedure a "root cap." What are the proper CDT codes to use for insurance billing purposes?

My PT is getting a conventional overdenture. In order to prepare the remaining natural tooth structure to rest under the denture, the doctor must file away the natural tooth crown so only the tooth root remains. Then he must cap the root with composite material. He called the procedure a “root cap.” What are the proper CDT codes to use for insurance billing purposes?

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Since the procedure described "file away the natural tooth crown" does not fit with coronectomy D7251 you must use an unlisted oral surgery procedure code D7999. The "root cap" does not have a specified code either, therefore your choices are D2940 if the restorative material is temporary, D2999 unspecified restorative procedure, by report if the restoration is to be permanent.

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