by Christine Taxin
June 9th, 2016
One topic comes up all the time when I speak on coding. How can I charge the patient for the upgraded material used for a crown?
Best case is to understand the materials that can be used and what you are asking the lab to provide. (online at ADA.or/2190.aspx) lists the different materials and helps to educate the patient with the material you recommend.
- High noble alloys
- Titanium and titanium alloys
- noble alloys
- predominately base alloys
These are the basic materials used at a lab.
When the patient has insurance most limit the material on molars are paid at the function level not the better materials. Therefore, you need to recommend to the patient your choice and make sure they agree to the upgrade with a signed form and documentation for your records.
Choosing materials should be established prior to treatment and billed for what you are using, not what insurance pays for.