Question

What is the best way to code for dry socket treatment?

While at first glance a dry socket treatment appears to fit the criteria for using (pallative D9110), there is a more specific code available. Dry sockets should be billed using D9930 treatment of complications (post-surgical) – unusual circumstances, by report.

Keep in mind that many dental plans consider any post-operative treatment rendered within 30 days of the surgery to be included in the original fee. If the dry socket is treated by a dentist that did not perform the original extraction (e.g., an on-call dentist), mention this in your narrative.

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