The doctor must surgically access my patient’s tooth roots. He must cut open the gingiva and pull it back to expose the roots. He called this a “flap procedure.” Which CDT code should I use for this procedure?

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The doctor must surgically access my patient’s tooth roots. He must cut open the gingiva and pull it back to expose the roots. He called this a “flap procedure.” Which CDT code should I use for this procedure?

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Asked on November 21, 2011
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Without knowing the specifics of what he plans to do (i.e. clean out infection, remove non-vital bone, ect.) the most appropriate code is D4999. This code must be accompanied by a narrative describing the procedure.

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