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Codes 8165 8166 8167 Usage


Written by Stella Pascale on Saturday, 7 September 2019 22:46

From: Nirvada Niranjan <NNiranjan@sada.co.za>
Date: Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 4:53 PM
Subject: Code use




 

In a recent meeting we had with GEMS we were advised that the following codes are often used inappropriately. Furthermore, it was highlighted that oral hygienists seemed to be using these interchangeably quite often as well. I am including the below in a future Clinical Advisory Bulletin and thought I would share this with you should you wish to send out something to OHASA members as well.

8165 Sedative filling

This code is used for temporary fillings where the material used has a sedative effect on the pulp. It is not to be used where a sedative liner/base is used under a permanent resin or amalgam restoration. Liners and/bases cannot be billed separately from the resin or amalgam restoration. Sedative fillings are generally used to relieve acute pain. They may also be used in conjunction with the Atraumatic restorative technique, code 8228, where caries is removed with hand instruments only.

 

8166 Application of desensitising resin

8167 Application of desensitising medicament

Material is an adhesive resin

Flouride-based or other gel/paste medicament

Light cured, bonded to tooth or root surface

Topically applied

Technique sensitive and may require tooth isolation

Generally no isolation required

Billed per tooth

Billed per visit irrespective of number of teeth

 


Kind regards
 
Dr Nirvada Niranjan   |  Manager Clinical Support Services
South African Dental Association

E: nniranjan@sada.co.za
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