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What is the dental procedure code for porcelain crowns and veneers?

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As of 2015, the main dental procedure codes used for veneers include D2960 to D2962, and procedure codes related to porcelain crowns include D2740, D2750 to D2752 and D2783, according to ICD9 Data. The codes are part of the American Dental Association's Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature.

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The codes used for veneers differ according to the substance used and whether the veneer is fabricated chairside or in a laboratory, according to ICD9 Data. D2960 is used for laminate veneers, D2961 indicates a resin laminate and D2962 signifies a porcelain laminate veneer.

Crowns are primarily reported using codes D2390 and D2710 to D2799, explains Dental Economics. Crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, stainless steel, resin or metal, typically gold or titanium, notes WebMD. Crowns are placed on a temporary or a permanent basis. A different dental procedure code is reserved for each type of placement and type of crown, as well as for related procedures, materials and repairs.

An example of a related procedure code is D2950, which is used for the building up of the tooth's anatomical crown before a restorative crown is placed, explains Dental Economics.

Procedural codes are used by dental offices when billing to accurately and uniformly identify dental procedures on insurance claims, explains the American Dental Association.

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