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    4 benefits of using gingival inflammation code D4346

    Using this code can enhance your patient care as well as boost your practice's bottom line.



    4. Improve patient co-management and earlier referral to periodontal specialists

    D4346 helps us recognize early disease. Unfortunately, many of our clinical decisions appear to be arbitrary, uncertain and variable. It is not because we lack competence, sincerity or diligence, but because we must make decisions about tremendously complex problems with limited evidence.

    We used to think we could or should remember everything we needed to know to practice. With the explosion in scientific literature, we need to finally give up on even thinking this is possible.

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    Periodontists receive extensive training, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

    Yet, as a whole, dentistry referred more patients to the periodontist in the last 20 years of the last century than we have in the first 15 years of this century. What’s more, when patients are finally referred, there is greater disease severity and tooth loss, which means greater systemic risk.

    Working together as an interdisciplinary team, hygienists, general dentists and periodontists have the opportunity to increase healing and regenerative success, thus contributing to overall patient health.


    Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
    Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS is a certified Health Information Technology trainer through the Office of the National Coordinator for ...


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