In the realm of comprehensive oral evaluations at your dental practice, using radiographs, or X-rays, is
a common and invaluable tool that allows for insight not achievable with the naked eye alone. One
essential dental procedure, coded as D0210, involves capturing a full mouth series of X-rays. This
procedure is meticulously performed to provide an accurate and detailed view of all teeth within the
oral cavity, including the alveolar bone that cradles each tooth in the jaw. Nonetheless, it's not
uncommon for healthcare providers to inadvertently mix up D0210 with other codes related to radiographic
images, which can lead to significant consequences and patient dissatisfaction. To mitigate such
challenges and uphold the standards of professionalism, precision, and expertise, many dentists opt for
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Are you aware of the pivotal role that the D0210 Dental Code plays in maintaining your oral health? Let's dive deeper into this essential dental procedure in this post.
D0210 dental code' descriptor and nomenclature was revised and became effective on 1st January 2023,
according to which D0210 is an ADA dental code used for the Intraoral Complete Series X-rays, also known
as the "comprehensive series of radiographic images." ADA also says that the Intraoral complete series
X-rays involve a series of individual radiographs, including periapical, bitewing, and occlusal views.
These collectively create a detailed panorama of the teeth, all crowns, supporting structures, and
surrounding tissues, alveolar views, including edentulous
The D0210 dental code, known as an "intraoral complete series code," is often requested after a dentist conducts a thorough initial examination of a new patient. After the comprehensive oral evaluation, the dentist will prescribe specific radiographic images based on the individual needs and conditions of the patient.
Category:Dental examination and diagnosis code
Purpose: Dentists use this code to document and bill for a thorough assessment of a
patient's oral health. Following this, the dentists will decide to proceed with further treatment; for instance, they may suggest a porcelain/ceramic crown.
|Old updates||Revised updates|
|Intraoral complete series of radiographic images||Intraoral “comprehensive” series of radiographic images|
|Radiographic survey of the whole mouth, typically involving 14-22 periapical and posterior bitewing images or intended to display the crowns and roots of all teeth, periapical areas, and alveolar bones.||A radiographic survey of the whole mouth is intended to display the roots and crowns of all teeth, interproximal areas, periapical areas, and alveolar bone, including edentulous areas.|
The revisions in the description of this procedure aim to provide a clearer understanding of its purpose, which is to conduct a thorough survey of a patient's oral condition. It now explicitly recognizes that the dentist is responsible for determining the specific number and type of images required to achieve this objective safely for each patient. This updated language has also been extended to similar Procedure Codes, such as D0709 (for image capture only.)
The decision regarding the type and quantity of radiographic images required for a comprehensive Full
Mouth Series (FMX) lies squarely with the dentist. There's no fixed, universal number or specific
radiograph type that universally defines when an "FMX" procedure has been administered.
In a notable revision to the descriptor, the mention of "..usually consisting of 14-22 periapical and bitewing images" has been removed. This revision simplifies the criteria used to determine appropriate procedure codes such as D0210 (or others like D0709, D0372, and D0387). This determination is made based on the unique circumstances of the image capture rather than a predetermined set of images.
Dental professionals must exercise caution when utilizing the D0210 Dental Code for Intraoral Complete Series X-rays.
|D0230||Intraoral — periapical each additional radiographic image||
|D0220||Intraoral — periapical first radiographic image||
|D0240||Intraoral—occlusal radiographic image||
|D0250||Extra-oral — 2D projection radiographic image created using a stationary radiation source and detector||
|D0270||Bitewing — single radiographic image||
|D0273||Bitewings — three radiographic images||
|D0274||Bitewings — four radiographic images||
|D0272||Bitewings — two radiographic images||
|D0330||Panoramic radiographic image||
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