Code Tip: Which code for this crown?

Code Tip: Which code for this crown?

Question:

The dental lab provides a full contour zirconia crown cemented to a titanium base abutment for a screw retained restoration, do we use code D6065 (implant supported porcelain/ceramic crown) with costs for both the abutment and implant crown? Or, do we code and bill separately the abutment as D6056 and crown D6065?

Answer:

Code: D6065 Implant Supported Porcelain/Ceramic Crown
A single crown restoration that is retained, supported and stabilized by implant.

It is not an “abutment supported” code because the restoration attaches directly to the implant body and does not have an abutment that connects the crown to the implant.  You would also bill D6056 Prefabricated Abutment.

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