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Do you need desensitizing after a filling?

My dentist made a treatment plan and it includes a filling (D2391) and desensitizing (D9910). My previous dentist never used desensitizing on me before, is this procedure really necessary?

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First let’s look at the difference between D9910 and D9911 (desensitizing codes) so you know what was treatment planned:
D9910 is used on a per visit basis for application of topical fluoride. Documentation should support this code prior to usage. It should be noted that the patient is having issues with root sensitivity. This code should not be used for bases, liners, or adhesives under restorations.
D9911 is used on a per visit basis for application of ashesive resins. Supporting documentation should be noted in the chart prior to submitting this code for reimbursement. It should be noted the patient is having root or cervical sensitivity on a tooth with a resin based filling.
Using the code D9910 means the doctor has treatment planned fluoride treatment as a means of desensitization. If you don’t want fluoride or are wondering why it was treatment planned, I’d suggest asking the doctor for a specific answer. The doctor may anticipate sensitivity, but only he/she will know why the treatment was planned and the necessity behind the decision for your individual case. Don’t be afraid to speak up with questions about your treatment!

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