All about CDT D0120 Dental Procedure Code Billing Questions

All about CDT D0120 Dental Procedure Code Billing Questions

CDT D0120 Dental Procedure Code

The dental codes are a system used to classify dental treatments. The codes are developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and are used to track the epidemiology of dental diseases. The dental code includes a set of guidelines that help dental professionals follow proper patient care. 

By following the code, patients can be sure they are receiving the best possible treatment. Among a list of several other codes, D0120 is specifically used for patients who have to regularly visit the dentist. Let’s look into the details of the D0120 dental code.

What is the D0120 Dental Code?

The D0120 dental code is an examination that is performed on a previously assessed patient to determine changes in the dental health since the last assessment. It includes oral cancer screening or oral cancer evaluation (OCE), periodontal screening, and information interpretation among a list of several assessments.

During the screening, a distinct form of periodontal probing and charting is performed in the full mouth. Occasionally, the PSR (Periodontal Screening and Recording) tool is used in conjunction with the D0120 code.

Here is a list of diseases that are diagnosed under the dental terminology code D0120:

  • Pain/Altered Sensation
  • Harmful Oral Habits
  • Defective Restorations
  • Trauma or Fracture
  • Endodontics
  • Removable Prosthodontics
  • Caries
  • Oral Pathology
  • Periodontics
  • Abnormalities of Teeth
  • Anatomic Abnormalities
  • Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Occlusion Disorders

The dental code is a helpful system that can help keep your dental health safe. It's important to familiarize yourself with the code and to make sure that you are following all of the regulations. 

If you feel stuck at any point, clarify all your doubts related to the dental codes with your dentist. You may easily get confused between several dental codes. And it is very important to be highly accurate with the codes as every code comes with a different set of meanings. Referring to a wrong code may lead to undesired results.

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