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   http://drcharlesblair.com/

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

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  • 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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