Dental development begins even before birth, and several problems can occur during the formation and eruption of teeth. Some of the common tooth development defects are – tooth eruption problems, agenesis, exfoliation problems, enamel defects (demarcated opacity, diffuse opacity and hypoplasia), and dentin defects (dentinogenesis imperfect and dentin dysplasia).
Early diagnosis of tooth development disorders can help improve aesthetic and functional treatment outcomes. To get reimbursed on-time, it is important to include appropriate diagnosis codes for tooth development disorders in patient records and on the claims submitted to insurance companies. Outsourcing the task to professional dental billing companies could help practices submit complete, accurate and timely claims with the right codes.
Coding Tooth Developmental Disorders
- K00 Disorders of tooth development and eruption
- K00.0 Anodontia
- K00.1 Supernumerary teeth
- K00.2 Abnormalities of size and form of teeth
- K00.3 Mottled teeth
- K00.4 Disturbances in tooth formation
- K00.5 Hereditary disturbances in tooth structure, not elsewhere classified
- K00.6 Disturbances in tooth eruption
- K00.7 Teething syndrome
- K00.8 Other disorders of tooth development
- K00.9 Disorder of tooth development, unspecified
Left undiagnosed or untreated, tooth developmental disorders can lead to malocclusion and impact aesthetics. It may also increase the risk for the development of dental caries and periodontal diseases. Experienced dental billing service providers focus on assigning the correct diagnosis codes in conjunction with procedure information on claims. These codes support the medical necessity for the service rendered and thereby ensure appropriate reimbursement.
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