HI Dr. KATZ....had a tooth extracted 2 weeks ago r/t infection
....it was #31, right side....had an old root canal
....in March, #30 was extracted and prepped with PRF for a mini implant which has not been done yet.....I had 12 hours of bleeding after that extraction....with the one extracted 2 weeks ago, the Dentist
said he was going to pack it with Collagen to try to reduce the post extraction bleeding and he sutured it.....I have to have non EPI numbing and as you know it wears off quickly...I WAS THERE...I know what he did...I am also an RN which makes me an awful patient....lol...He extracted the tooth, scraped away as much infection as possible ( I had been on Amoxicillin for a week already and still having pain
and swelling)....packed with Collagen and Sutured....I still bled for 12 hours.... I was in so much pain when I left, I just paid the bill and ran to the drugstore for Vicodin....when I looked at the bill later, I see a $180 charge for Bone Graft for Ridge Preservation...when I called the office to ask about the charge, she said it was for hemostatic dressing (Collagen)...the next person said the Collagen is a type of Bone Graft.....I remember her asking about "180" which is their billing code for Bone Graft and he said no, it was just to try to help with bleeding....and may help with some healing of the bone....but, it didn't work.... still bled for 12 hours....am I getting jerked around.?????... When I had #30 extracted, they billed it as a Surgical Extraction...Insurance
wouldn't pay....IT WAS NOT A SURGICAL EXTRACTION...again..I was there....he pulled it .... it had broken off so he pulled it in 2 parts.....then used the PRF and Sutured it.......they DID rebill it with the correct billing code.....insurance said unless he used a knife, it was NOT surgical ...no knife was used....this is one if the top Dentists in this area....especially for mini implants....
I was going to him several years ago and we had a run in because he was insisting on doing planing and scaling of my lower
teeth...I told him I didn't want it done....he had done the right side and was so painful I refused the left side and he told me that would be malpractice if he didn't do it... I told him no...I , as a patient, have the right of refusal...he explains the pros and cons and I have the right of refusal...so, he said he would not be able to take care of me...so, I got out of the chair and left ...!!!... Then I had 2 Dentists retire...😞😞 and I wanted a mini implant on #30 and he is the best in this area. .was considering going back to him for all of my dental
work but, can't do it if he keeps trying to pull the rug out from under me...so, my question is, was that Collagen a Bone Graft or a Hemostatic Dressing....from what I have read, Collagen is used to COVER a Bone Graft...but, can it actually be billed as a Bone Graft.