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How to appeal claim denials for crowns and cracked teeth
October 20, 2022 -- One of the most common denials from insurance plans is for crowns. Coding expert Estela Vargas shares her tips for ensuring you get paid for crowns, a common denial scenario, and a sample letter to use if you need to appeal a claim. Read More
How to correctly code an intentional coronectomy
September 14, 2022 -- Coding for a coronectomy can confuse dentists and insurance coordinators and lead to claim denials. Though the code for an intentional partial tooth removal has been in the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature code set for a decade, it often isn't used correctly. In this column, Estela Vargas shares how to get it right. Read More
Roland DGA launches new dry dental mill
September 2, 2022 -- Roland DGA's DGShape Americas business group recently launched the DWX-53DC dry dental mill, part of the company's DWX Series milling solutions. Read More
U.K. dentists left to fix dental tourism gone wrong
July 27, 2022 -- U.K. dentists are picking up the pieces from a rise in dental tourism. A new survey from the British Dental Association reflects the rising trend in dental tourism and highlights the problems it has caused for both patients and practices. Read More
TikTok's #Turkeyteeth trend causing major complications
July 20, 2022 -- #Turkeyteeth is trending on social media platforms and taking a toll on thousands of people's dental well-being in the process. The trend, made popular by TV personality Katie Price and Jack Fincham of "Love Island" entails traveling abroad to Turkey to get discounted crowns. Read More
How to code 3/4 crowns
June 22, 2022 -- Code what you do is the rule. But first, you must know whether what you think you are coding is actually what was performed on the patient, particularly when it comes to inlays, onlays, and three-quarter crowns. Coding expert Estela Vargas shares eight tips to help increase your chances of getting paid. Read More
Septodont launches new version of Biodentine
June 22, 2022 -- Septodont has introduced an updated version of its dentin restoration system Biodentine. Read More
Digital workflow speeds up implant-supported crowns
May 17, 2022 -- Implant-supported crowns can be made in both fully and partially digital workflows. The occlusal adjustment and total adjustment times of the fully digital workflow, however, are significantly shorter than the partially digital workflow, according to a study in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Read More
How to code implant- and abutment-supported crowns
May 12, 2022 -- A standard Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature coding error is documenting and reporting implant- and abutment-supported crowns, writes coding expert Estela Vargas. Vargas explains the difference between these two types of crowns and shares why knowing the distinction is essential to avoiding denials and claim payment delays. Read More
The keys to coding crown lengthening and crown exposure
April 21, 2022 -- Did you perform crown lengthening (D4249) or crown exposure (D4212) on a tooth? Often, there is confusion about which of these procedures is correct when it comes to coding treatment, and mixing them up could cost you and your practice. Read More
Special Feature
The new decade's dental practice could look like this

Dentists one day may become vertically integrated to service the mouth and also design and manufacture the hardware needed in their own dental practices, writes information systems consultant Alon Ganon. He shares a vision of how dental practices could operate with advanced technology in this new decade. Read more.