Cracking the Code: Understanding CDT Codes for Dental Bridges

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Understanding CDT Codes for Dental Bridges
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Dental bridges are common and effective solutions for replacing missing teeth and restoring oral health and function. These are false teeth that fill the missing gap between teeth. This dental restoration procedure replaces one or more missing teeth on either side of the gap. As dental claim submission for this procedure is a complex process, dentists rely on dental billing Companies to submit claims on time with accurate dental codes. Let’s look at the different types of dental bridges and the CDT codes for this procedure.

For individual cases, four different types of dental bridges are available, such as – Traditional dental bridge, Cantilever dental bridge, Maryland bonded bridge, and Implant-supported Bridge. Traditional dental bridge is the most common type that consists of one dental crown attached to each of the two teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth or teeth fill in the space. Cantilever dental bridge has a slight deviation from the traditional one, but Maryland bonded and Implant-supported dental bridges share the same structure like traditional dental bridge.

CDT Codes for Dental Bridge

CDT Codes for Dental Bridge

  • D6245 Pontic, porcelain/ceramic (bridge units)
  • D6740 Retainer Crown – Porcelain/Ceramic – With this dental procedure code, the prosthetic crown fitted over the tooth is made of porcelain or ceramic.
  • D6240 Pontic, porcelain fused to precious/high noble metal (bridge units)
  • D6241 Pontic, porcelain fused to predominantly base metal/non-precious metal (bridge units)
  • D6242 Pontic, porcelain fused to semi-precious/noble metal (bridge units)
  • D6750 Crown, porcelain fused to precious/high noble metal (bridge units)
  • D6751 Crown, porcelain fused to predominantly base metal/non-precious metal (bridge units)
  • D6752 Crown, porcelain fused to semi-precious/noble metal (bridge units)
  • D6210 Pontic for Maryland bridge, cast metal, precious/high noble metal
  • D6240 Pontic for Maryland bridge, porcelain fused to precious/high noble metal
  • D6245 Pontic for Maryland bridge, porcelain/ceramic
  • D6545 Wing retainer, cast metal for bonded fixed prosthesis
  • D6548 Wing retainer, porcelain/ceramic for bonded fixed prosthesis
  • D6549 Wing retainer, Composite or resin
  • D6245 Pontic, porcelain/ceramic (bridge units)

Dental Recement Bridge

  • D6930 recements or rebonds fixed partial denture

Dental billing, coding and claim submission require expertise, as even a simple error would result in claim denials. Other common reasons for claim denials are – incomplete or incorrect demographic information of patients, error in verifying the eligibility and coverage of insurance, not filing claims on time, submitting claims without sufficient supporting documents and so on. It is ideal to consider professional support from an experienced dental billing company.

Amber Darst

Amber Darst is our Solutions Manager in the Healthcare Division, Practice and RCM. With a rich background in dental services, her expertise ranges from insurance coordination to office management.

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