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CDT D9110 Dental Procedure Code 

D9110 is the dental procedure code for palliative care, which is a treatment that is used to relieve pain or ease a problem without treating the main cause. This has been reported for the treatment of dental pain in an emergency. This treatment does not include a physical examination, evaluation, or diagnostic x-rays. 

Palliative care is commonly understood to be something done to relieve pain or alleviate a problem without fixing the core cause. D9110 palliative dental pain treatment is observed on per-visit grounds for major dental pain treatment.

Let us gain some more knowledge on the D9110 dental code through this blog.

When is the D9110 dental code used?

Code D9110 can be used to report a small operation performed in a single visit to relieve discomfort, sensitivities, or pain. This code should be provided if additional visits are required for a more decisive therapy. This should not, however, be utilized for normal dental exams or post-operative appointments. 

Also, unless a new problem occurs that requires further treatment, the code should not be recorded on the same visit while conducting basic or major services, or when reporting an emergency visit for therapy previously performed.

Criteria for reimbursement of D9110 dental code

  • For emergency dental pain treatment, this technique is reimbursed on a “per visit” basis.
  • Procedures performed on the same day as the D9110 may be invoiced separately.
  • An examination or evaluation is not part of palliative care. According to ND Medicaid dental documentation requirements, code D0140 may be paid individually, and documentation should show medical necessity for the examination.
  • Diagnostic imaging is not included in palliative care. In addition to palliative care, radiographic pictures may be billed.

D9110 palliative treatment: What does it include and exclude?

The following is covered under the palliative treatment:

  • A fractured tooth or restoration with a sharp edge that needs to be smoothed
  • In a damaged tooth, a temporary filling is placed
  • To ease pain, an abscessed tooth is opened
  • An abscess is excised
  • Desensitizing medication is applied to an exposed root surface
  • Changing the occlusion of a tooth
  • Cleaning around a tooth with inflammatory tissue
  • Using a local anesthetic to ease the pain temporarily
  • Extractions

The following conditions are not covered by palliative care:

  • Prophylaxis
  • Sealants or repairs to sealants
  • Fluoride varnish or topical fluoride application
  • Oral assessments: D0120, D0145, D0150, D0160, D0171, D0180 Space maintainer placement or removal
  • Resin repairs as a preventative measure