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Policy No:  36

Originally Created: 01/01/2000

Section: Periodontics

Last Reviewed:  01/01/2019

Last Revised:  01/01/2018

Approved: 01/01/2018

Effective:  01/01/2018

Description

Bone replacement graft – first site in quadrant (D4263)

This procedure involves the use of  grafts to stimulate  periodontal regeneration when the disease process has led to a deformity of the bone. This procedure does not include flap entry and closure, wound debridement, osseous contouring, or the placement of biologic materials to aid in osseous tissue regeneration or barrier membranes.   Other separate procedures delivered concurrently are documented with their own unique codes.

Bone replacement graft – each additional site in quadrant (D4264)

This procedure involves the  grafts to stimulate  periodontal regeneration when the disease process has led to a deformity of the bone. This procedure does not include flap entry and closure, wound debridement, osseous contouring, or the placement of biologic materials to aid in osseous tissue regeneration or barrier membranes.  This procedure is performed concurrently with one or more bone replacement grafts to document the number of sites involved. 

Biologic materials to aid in soft and osseous tissue regeneration (D4265)

Biologic materials may be used alone or with other regenerative substrates such as bone and barrier membranes, depending upon their formulation and the presentation of the periodontal defect. Does not include surgical entry and closure, wound debridement, osseous contouring, or the placement of graft materials and/or barrier membranes.

Policy/criteria

Procedures are in accordance with generally accepted standards of dental practice.

Administrative guidelines

Process to contract benefits.

*Definition of "site" precedes code D4210.

Bone replacement grafts function primarily as a defect filler and may have a slight potential for periodontal regeneration.

Patient selection criteria

  • Intrabony (walled) defects or furcations
  • Radiographic or charting evidence of vertical bone deformity
  • Grafts D4263, D4264 are used in treatment of teeth in site as opposed to use of grafts for augmentation of general bone form or immediate fill of extraction sockets (D7950, D7955). If the involvement of the extracted tooth socket has compromised adjacent teeth, grafting in socket to aid reconstruction of the periodontium may be covered.
  • May be performed in conjunction with D4240, D4260, D4266, D4267
  • Biologic materials to aid regeneration are covered (D4265)

Codes

CDT - D4000-D4999 - see above

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