Pseudopockets or True Periodontal Pockets?
(a.k.a. D4346 Scaling, or D4341 Scaling/Root Planing?)

[July 2016 Update: I created a separate page with a much more extensive discussion of the new D4346 code:
D4346 Scaling Code]

Why this issue matters:

Understand what pocket depth means:

Know the difference between Pseudopocket...

... and True Periodontal Pocket

Understand what Clinical Attachment Level (CAL) means:

Understand AAP Definitions:

Scaling and Root Planing implications:

CDT 2017 Code Comparisons:

D1110 Prophylaxis - adult.

D4341 and D4342 Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing.

D4346 Scaling in presence of generalized moderate or severe gingival inflammation - full mouth, after oral evaluation.