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By: Dilaine Gloege
June 1st, 2021

Did you know D5875 is a billable service? It is common for a patient with an existing denture or partial denture to have implants placed. The existing denture or partial dentures are modified to fit the implants placed. This may be modification for the denture to be used as an interim during the healing phase following implant placement. The denture may also be modified with the intention of it being the definitive implant/abutment supported denture (e.g., immediate denture modified after implant placement). 

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Dilaine Gloege
May 14th, 2021

During my many years of working as a chairside assistant in a progressive general dentistry practice, I was fortunate to watch the advances in implant technology and technique. Dental implant treatment options to replace missing teeth is an excellent treatment option for many patients. Is it always successful? No, unfortunately it isn’t.   When treatment is not successful, it may be necessary to remove the implant. 

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Dilaine Gloege
May 11th, 2021

  Course Description   Webinar   June 22, 2021 All things diagnostic – Navigating the codes So many image CDT codes: capture only, capture and interpretation, cone beam scans, intraoral, extraoral – where do we begin with selecting the proper code? We will discuss documenting medical necessity for radiographs, the use of x-ray protocols and how it can negatively affect your practice and reimbursement. In addition to focusing on radiographic images, this course will review other diagnostic procedures such as evaluations, oral cancer screening, assessments, and other common diagnostic testing performed in the dental practice. Webinar Learning Objectives: Understand how to select the proper CDT code for diagnostic procedures and documentation of medical necessity and diagnosis. Learn common plan limitations affecting reimbursement. Identify appropriate documentation for claim attachments. 2 Sessions to Choose From: 1st Session: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 @ 1pm EST or 2nd Session: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 @ 7:30pm EST Duration: 60 minutes Cost: $68 per user EARLY BIRD SPECIAL through June 1. $98 per user after June 1. Speaker: Dilaine Gloege, CDA, CPC Sponsor: Dental Claims Academy REGISTER HERE *Users must have a Zoom account or must register prior to Registration. You are required to use the Zoom account that you registered with when viewing the webinar. Audience: Dentists, Dental Assistants, Hygienists, Business Team Members, Office Managers

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Dilaine Gloege
May 6th, 2021

Are you capturing all the potential insurance reimbursement when performing implant related services? Accurate reimbursement begins with accurate coding. There are many components associated when restoring dental implants. It is important to document each component, as applicable to ensure the highest possible reimbursement. This article will focus on implants restored with single crowns and retainer crowns associated with fixed partial dentures (bridges). 

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Dilaine Gloege
May 5th, 2021

Are you prescribing Perio Trays™ in your dental practice? Many of you may be prescribing and placing carriers, or trays, for the periodontal patient filled with a medicament developed to decrease harmful, disease causing pathogens. Perio Trays™ by Perio Protect® is the brand we are familiar with for fabricating the custom carriers or trays. Use of the custom lab fabricated carrier is a non-invasive treatment and can reduce the need for more invasive treatments for patients with periodontal disease.

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Dilaine Gloege
April 29th, 2021

Do you place fixed interim implant dentures? If so, did you know there are CDT codes to document this procedure? Many dentists are performing All-on-4 treatments and patients are seeking this treatment option more than ever. The All-on-4 is a treatment concept where a fixed hybrid denture is supported by implants, not necessarily limited to placement of 4 implants.  In 2018, the Code Maintenance Committee (CMC) recognized a gap in the CDT code set. Dentists were placing interim fixed hybrid dentures and there was no code to adequately document this procedure. Thus, CMC accepted two new codes into CDT 2019. 

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Dilaine Gloege
April 22nd, 2021

According to the American Cancer Society’s recent study , oral cancer continues to be on the rise. This being my 35th year in dentistry and many years being a clinical team member, I have seen many instances of oral cancer, more than I like to count. I have also had friends who did not survive oral cancer and those that have, for which I am very thankful.  April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. Early detection saves lives! I thought it would be the perfect time to discuss CDT codes related to early detection of oral cancer. This article will address code D0431 and editorial revisions to the descriptors of D0120 and D0150 for CDT 2021. 

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Sarah Traeger
April 21st, 2021

    Savannah, GA – April 21, 2021- Dental ClaimSupport, an outsourced dental billing company, has launched a new educational platform called Dental Claims Academy where anyone interested can sign up to learn more about the dental coding and billing industry. Live webinars are available once a month for virtual viewing and now, if you can’t make it to the live presentation, you can purchase the recordings on the Dental Claims Academy website. 

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Dilaine's Coding Corner

By: Dilaine Gloege
April 20th, 2021

You see two long words with the same prefix and think “probably is close to the same thing!” In this case, they actually have different meanings. In the dental world, many people use the terms predetermination and preauthorization interchangeably. However, there can be some differences in the meaning depending on its purpose. Confused? We get it. Not everyone’s an expert on insurance terms, and they can get really complicated.  Our team of experienced dental billers at Dental ClaimSupport have submitted many predeterminations and preauthorizations over a number of years. We know the pros and cons of this practice and understand the meaning of these terms and the payer’s views. We value education and learning as much as we can about dental billing terms so that we can move through the process seamlessly.