Understanding D7971 Dental Code and Dental Surgery

What ADA CDT dental code is D7971?

D7971 is the ADA CDT dental code for the removal of an operculum (operculectomy) or of peri-coronal gingiva. This typically involves the surgical removal of inflammatory or hypertrophied gum tissues surrounding a partially erupted tooth. The code description is officially “excision of pericoronal gingiva.”

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