Implant coding tips and tools

May 2023
Greg Grobmyer, DDS

One of the more common challenges for dental practices is proper implant coding and reporting of implant-related procedures. There are numerous CDT codes that describe the various implant-related procedures, but not all of the codes may be in the Implant Services Category (D6000-D6199), which can lead to coding conundrums and denied claims. In this blog, we will explore implant coding best practices and show you the tools you need to navigate implant-related procedures. 


Implant coding

Implant techniques and technologies continue to evolve year after year, and this evolution has resulted in an increased number of individuals accepting implant treatment to replace missing teeth. This means that many general dentists that weren’t performing implant-related procedures before have now added implant placement and/or restoration to their clinical procedures. 


Implant-related procedures that require implant coding:

  • The implant body

  • Abutment

  • Locator

  • Abutment-supported crown or bridge

  • Implant-supported crown or bridge

  • Removable prostheses

  • Fixed, interim prostheses

  • Fixed, long-term prostheses

  • Additional supportive procedures that have CDT codes outside of the Implant Services Category


It is more important than ever for dental practices to be up-to-date on the implant-related CDT codes – and related codes – in order to keep dental claims that are reporting implant procedures from being unnecessarily denied or unexpectedly downgraded. 

Implant-supported fixed, long-term prostheses

What implant codes are used when an edentulous patient wants an implant-supported fixed, long-term prostheses? Knowing the proper implant coding best practices for each step of this treatment is crucial to maximizing legitimate revenue, while also providing a great patient experience.


As stated in Dental Technology with Confidence, “All-on-4® describes a treatment technique in which all the teeth in an arch are supported by four dental implants. The need for All-on-4® related treatment scenarios is evident as more than 35 million people in the United States are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth. However, with the advancement of this type of complex treatment modality and its applications also comes increased confusion regarding the proper billing and coding of this treatment. Consequently, your dental team should be familiar with, and educated on, the correct coding and billing for All-on-4® treatment.”



Implant coding with confidence 

Are you currently, or considering, placing and/or restoring implants in your practice? As you can see, whether you are a specialist or a general dentist that specializes in innovative procedures, your revenue depends on the implant coding knowledge of your dental billing team. Dental Technology with Confidence provides insurance coding and administration insights on the technological advancements in dentistry, including implant procedures.  


Grab yours today! You can also save 11% when you bundle it with Dental Coding with Confidence.


And did we mention that our resources are available as ebooks? CLICK HERE!

And if you love dental CE as much as we do, we highly recommend Introducing New Code for Guided Tissue Regeneration, Barriers, Implants, & Vaccines.

Have a question, comment or suggestion about this article? Complete the form below to get in touch with the Practice Booster team.

All fields required unless otherwise noted.





Fixed Partial Denture Repair

A single cast metal crown restoration that is retained, supported and stablized by an abutment on an implant; may be screw retained or cemented.

NOTE: May be orthodontic related