You have a patient that is in following planned treatment for operative. Patient had tooth #30 extracted 2 months prior to this visit. When the patient is in for operative a none spicule was removed from #30 extraction site. What code should be used to code the removal of the bone spicule with the operative that was done this day. There is no notation that the patient was expieriencing any type of pain.

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  • You have a patient that is in following planned treatment for operative. Patient had tooth #30 extracted 2 months prior to this visit. When the patient is in for operative a none spicule was removed from #30 extraction site. What code should be used to code the removal of the bone spicule with the operative that was done this day. There is no notation that the patient was expieriencing any type of pain.

You have a patient that is in following planned treatment for operative. Patient had tooth #30 extracted 2 months prior to this visit. When the patient is in for operative a none spicule was removed from #30 extraction site. What code should be used to code the removal of the bone spicule with the operative that was done this day. There is no notation that the patient was expieriencing any type of pain.

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Some carriers may consider this inclusive as the doctor removing the bone spicule was the one who removed the tooth initally. However, if the carrier allows the charge you would code it as D7530 (removal of foreign body) due to the fact that a bone spicule by defination is a small sliver of bone that was left behind during dental surgery, therefore is considered a foreign body.

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