Subject: Biologic Materials To Aid in Osseous Tissue Regeneration
Reviewed: August 12, 2013
This Clinical Policy Bulletin expresses our determination of whether certain services or supplies are medically necessary. We have reached these conclusions based on a review of currently available clinical information including:
We expressly reserve the right to revise these conclusions as clinical information changes, and welcome further relevant information.
Each benefits plan defines which services are covered, which are excluded and which are subject to dollar caps or other limits. Members and their dentists will need to consult the member's benefits plan to determine if any exclusions or other benefits limitations apply to this service or supply. The conclusion that a particular service or supply is medically necessary does not guarantee that this service or supply is covered (that is, will be paid for by Aetna) for a particular member. The member's benefits plan determines coverage. Some plans exclude coverage for services or supplies that we consider medically necessary. If there is a discrepancy between this policy and a member's plan of benefits, the benefits plan will govern. In addition, coverage may be mandated by applicable legal requirements of a state, the federal government or CMS for Medicare and Medicaid members.
We consider this surgical procedure to be dental-in-nature (DIN) oral surgery. Coverage may be available for DIN oral surgery procedures under either medical or dental plans.
Enamel matrix derivative (EMD) contains a variety of hydrophobic enamel matrix proteins and is extracted from the developing embryonic enamel of porcine teeth. EMD is associated with the formation of acellular cementum and has been shown to stimulate periodontal regeneration. Studies have demonstrated the regeneration of buccal dehiscences with regeneration of cementum, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone to the extent of mimicking natural process of development.
EMD is U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved for use in vertical osseous defects. It is indicated as an adjunct to periodontal surgery for topical application onto exposed root surfaces to treat infrabony defects without furcations resulting from loss of tooth support due to moderate or severe periodontitis. It is indicated for use either alone or in combination with autografts, allografts, xenografts or guided tissue regeneration (GTR), and in membranes with one-, two- or three-walled vertical osseous defects.
D4265 -- Biologic materials to aid in soft and osseous tissue regeneration.
Original policy: September 13, 2004
Updated: November 28, 2007; December 29, 2008; May 23, 2011; May 21, 2012;August 12,2013
Revised: December 5, 2005; February 22, 2010
The above policy is based on the following references:
1 American Dental Association. Current Dental Terminology, CDT 2013:32.*
2 American Academy of Periodontology. AAP Position Paper: The Potential Role of Growth and Differentiation Factors in Periodontal Regeneration, 1996, 445-451.
3 American Academy of Periodontology. AAP Position Paper: Periodontal Regeneration. J Periodontol, 2005; 76: 9, 1601-1622.
4 Hoang AM, Oates TW, Cochran DL. In vitro wound healing responses to enamel matrix derivative. J Periodontol. 2000; 71: 8, 1270-1277.
5 A clinical comparison of bovine-derived xenograft used alone and in combination with EMD for the treatment of periodontal osseous defects in humans. J Periodontol. 2002; 71: 423-432.
6 Patton LL, Epstein JB, Kerr AR. Adjunctive techniques for oral cancer examination and lesion diagnosis: a systematic review of the literature. J Am Dent Assoc. 2008 Jul;139(7):896-905; quiz 993. Accessed December 21, 2009 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18594075.
*Copyright 2012 American Dental Association. All rights reserved.
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