Coding Tip: D2950 Core Build-up Debunked

Coding Tip: D2950 Core Build-up Debunked

This code is overused and misused in many situations.  To understand it’s true application read the definitions from Coding with Confidence by Charles Blair, DDS

According to Dr. Blair “A core build-up(no longer called crown build-up) must be necessary for crown retention to be considered a build-up.  The core build-up should rebuild the internal anatomy of the tooth structure as prepared for a crown. Many payers will not cover a build-up unless there is a crown being placed or will not pay for the build-up without the seat date of the crown provided.   Often a core-build-up is reimbursed for a crown placed after endodontic seal because it is common for severe loss of tooth structure from decay.

Dental Billing Tips and News for Pros; Edition #131

  • Jillian P
    Posted at 23:46h, 09 January Reply

    Great info for when the office team is unsure about billing a core build up!

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