Please advise coding on the following: Pt. presents with pain, swelling around #3–took 2 PAs and measured pocket depths in area–sulcus of #3 gushed pus and blood when probed–doctor treated as perio abscess by doing gross debridement to let it drain through the sulcus, irrigated with Chlorhexidine and prescribed antibiotics.

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  • Please advise coding on the following: Pt. presents with pain, swelling around #3--took 2 PAs and measured pocket depths in area--sulcus of #3 gushed pus and blood when probed--doctor treated as perio abscess by doing gross debridement to let it drain through the sulcus, irrigated with Chlorhexidine and prescribed antibiotics.

Please advise coding on the following: Pt. presents with pain, swelling around #3–took 2 PAs and measured pocket depths in area–sulcus of #3 gushed pus and blood when probed–doctor treated as perio abscess by doing gross debridement to let it drain through the sulcus, irrigated with Chlorhexidine and prescribed antibiotics.

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The most appropriate codes for your scenario are as follows:
D0220, D0230, D4921

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