Question

What code can we bill when uncovering the implant and placing a healing cap?

Uncovering the implant is referred to as “second stage surgery,” and is described by code D6011, second stage implant surgery. Placement of the healing cap is included in the global fee for the implant and typically is not paid if performed by the same dentist who placed the implant.  D6011 may be reimbursed if performed by a dentist other than the dentist who placed the implant. A narrative should be sent informing the insurance carrier that the implant was placed by a different dentist.

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