New Code for Caries Detection

The American Dental Association (ADA) approved the procedure code D0600 for caries detection effective January 1, 2017. The nomenclature reads: “Non-ionizing diagnostic procedure capable of quantifying, monitoring, and recording changes in structure of enamel, dentin and cementum”. Examination with The Canary SystemTM meets the criteria for using this procedure code.

Detection methods using fluorescence or transillumination do not meet the criteria because of their inability to detect changes in all the tissues or to record and quantify changes in all of these tissues.

Studies have proven that The Canary System can find decay under the intact margins of restorations, and crowns. Caries detection devices using fluorescence or transillumination find these to be extremely challenging clinical situations either because the filling materials glow or block the transmission of light.

I am a huge fan of The Canary System and digital high tech diagnostics in general.

Unfortunately, as we all know just because there is a procedure code does not mean that insurers will pay for it. Never the less it is a huge step in the right direction.

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