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CDT Publication Errata

CDT 2021 (the printed manual) contains the following misprint which will be addressed when the next CDT manual (CDT 2022) is published. 

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CDT Code D0391 the published nomenclature “intraoral – complete series of radiographic images – image - capture only” is incorrect.

 

  

D0391 interpretation of diagnostic image by a practitioner not associated with capture of the image, including report

 

 

 


CDT 2021 Coding Companion (the printed manual) contains the following misprint, which will be addressed when the next Coding Companion manual (CDT 2022) is published.

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Clinical Coding Scenario #5: 

There is a copy error in the answer to the following question. The words below in red strikethrough are not a part of the answer – 

Does the per tooth application of an interim caries arresting medicament (D1354) apply only to carious lesions occurring on the crown?   

This procedure is not limited to carious lesions on the crown. The tooth surface location and etiology of the asymptomatic active carious dental lesion is not relevant.  does not change the definition of the service provided by the dentist, which is the. D1354 is the correct code to report application of an agent to arrest or inhibit caries progression on any part of a tooth.  

 

Does the per tooth application of an interim caries arresting medicament (D1354) apply only to carious lesions occurring on the crown?

This procedure is not limited to carious lesions on the crown. The tooth surface location and etiology of the asymptomatic active carious dental lesion is not relevant. D1354 is the correct code to report application of an agent to arrest or inhibit caries progression on any part of a tooth.


CDT 2020 (the printed manual) contains the following misprints, which will be addressed when the next edition (CDT 2021) is published.

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CDT code D0170 the nomenclature is truncated and only reads “re-evaluation – limited"

 

 D0170 re-evaluation – limited, problem focused (established patient; not post-operative visit) 

There is no error in the descriptor, which reads as follows –

Assessing the status of a previously existing condition. For example:

- a traumatic injury where no treatment was rendered but patient needs follow-up monitoring;

- evaluation for undiagnosed continuing pain;

- soft tissue lesion requiring follow-up evaluation.

 

 

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D6052 semi-precision attachment abutment
Includes placement and removal. A healing cap is not an interim abutment.

                             
The D6052 descriptor is completely incorrect.

 

D6052 semi-precision attachment abutment
Includes placement of keeper assembly.

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The editorial change to the nomenclature for code D6077 is not correctly illustrated in Section 2 (Changes); the word “cast” should also be marked for deletion.

D6077 implant supported retainer for cast metal FPD – (titanium, titanium  alloy, or high noble metal alloys)

 

D6077 implant supported retainer for cast metal FPD (titanium, titanium  alloy, or high noble metal alloys)

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D6098 implant supported retainer – porcelain fused to predominantly base alloys
A metal-ceramic retainer for a fixed partial denture that gains retention, support, and stability from an abutment on an implant.

The D6098 descriptors are incorrect on both pages. There should not be any mention of an “abutment.” 

D6098 implant supported retainer – porcelain fused to predominantly base alloys
A metal-ceramic retainer for a fixed partial denture that gains retention, support, and stability from an implant.

 

 


CDT 2020 Coding Companion (the printed manual) contains the following misprint, which will be addressed when the next edition, based on CDT version 2021, is published.

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Coding Scenario #1 – Patient Age 11

CDT code and nomenclature for removal of fixed space maintainer cited in the new patient portion, D1555 is not correct; the correct code is D1556.

How might this visit be coded?

D0150 comprehensive oral evaluation – new or established patient
D1120 prophylaxis – child
D1206 topical application of fluoride varnish
D1556 removal of fixed unilateral space maintainer – per quadrant

 

 

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Coding Scenario #1 – Patient Age 11

CDT code and nomenclature for removal of fixed space maintainer, D1556, was not cited in the returning patient portion.

How might this visit be coded?

D0120 periodic oral evaluation
D1120 prophylaxis – child
D1206 topical application of fluoride varnish
D1556 removal of fixed unilateral space maintainer – per quadrant


The exam, in this case, would be periodic (D0120) because the patient was seen previously, but the prophylaxis, fluoride and space maintainer removal codes remain the same.

 

 

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Prosthodontics, fixed Coding Q&A # 6 –

The first code cited in the answer, D6973, is not correct; the correct code is D6793.

 

You are referring to a provisional fixed partial denture which includes codes D6793 for the provisional retainer and D6253 for the provisional pontic.

 

 

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Prosthodontics, fixed Coding Q&A # 8 –

The second code cited in the answer, D6243, is not correct; the correct code is D6253.

No, because codes for fixed partial dentures are available in the CDT code set.  If both the abutments and pontics are made from a titanium alloy then you can use new codes D6793 (for the abutment) and D6253 for the pontic.


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