Dental Pain ICD-10-CM Codes

Read this short guide and learn about dental pain ICD codes you can use.

By Wynona Jugueta on Jun 16, 2024.

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Dental Pain ICD-10-CM Codes

What dental pain ICD codes can I use?

If you’re looking for dental pain ICD codes to use, we’d like you to know that there are no ICD-10 codes that mention dental pain in their names. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any, though! Dental pain, or toothaches, can be caused by several reasons, so for this mini-guide, we will focus on general pain, not those specific to significant problems. Here are some dental pain-related ICD codes you can use:

  1. K08.9 - Disorder of teeth and supporting structures, unspecified

This ICD code is meant to be used on a patient confirmed to have a disorder of the teeth and its supporting structures, but the condition isn’t specified or isn’t known for the time being. Having dental pain counts for this.

  1. K08.89 - Other specified disorders of teeth and supporting structures

This ICD code is meant to be used on a patient confirmed to have a disease of the teeth and its supporting structures. This is only meant to be used if the specific condition has no specific ICD-10 code. Dental paint counts for this, just like Item 1. This might even be a better choice than Item 1.

  1. K00.7 - Teething syndrome

This ICD code is meant to be used on a patient confirmed to have teething syndrome. This is a standard part of a child’s development, so everyone will go through this (unless something prevents teeth from growing at all). Teething can cause pain, so this counts as dental pain.

  1. T70.29XA - Other effects of high altitude, initial encounter

This ICD code is meant to be used on a patient confirmed to be dealing with the effects of being at a high altitude. Elevations, especially abrupt elevation changes, will likely exert pressure on the ears and build up over time. This may also affect the teeth and cause toothaches. This code has the initial encounter label, which means they are receiving active treatment for the effects of high altitude.

  1. T70.29XD - Other effects of high altitude, subsequent encounter

This is the same as Item 4, but this time, there’s a subsequent encounter label, which means the patient is recovering from the problem and still being given active/routine care.

  1. T70.29XS - Other effects of high altitude, sequela

This is the same as Item 4, but this time, there’s a sequela label, which means they are dealing with the aftereffects of the problem. Given this, this ICD-10 code should be accompanied by two other ICD-10 codes, one of which should designate the sequela’s nature, while the other should describe the sequela (meaning its effects).

Are these dental pain ICD codes billable?

Yes. All of those mentioned above dental pain-related ICD codes are valid and billable.

Clinical information about dental pain:

Dental pain is more commonly referred to as toothache. It is, well, pain in our teeth and its surrounding areas. Several different things can cause a toothache. The most common cause of toothache is gum irritation, which often results in a mild kind of pain. This should go away after a short while, and it’s something that a home remedy can fix.

Of course, when there’s a mild toothache, there’s also a severe kind of toothache. This is something that a home remedy can’t fix because there’s an underlying cause to it. It could be an infection, a cavity, or a specific dental condition requiring proper examination and dental procedures. If a person has a severe toothache, it’s best to get to the root (no pun intended) of the problem to determine what needs to be done.

Synonyms include:

  • Toothache
  • Painful teething
  • Finding of sensation of tooth
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Commonly asked questions

Are there no ICD codes specifying dental pain or toothache in their names?

Sadly, no. In the future, specific codes may emerge. For now, please refer to the list above.

How do dentists handle dental pain?

That depends on the cause. Dentists will often resort to administering and prescribing antibiotics and pain relievers. They will use dental fillings or a crown to fill the gaps for cavities. They might resort to root canals (which hurts a lot) or obliterate the tooth for severe aches.

You mentioned home remedies can help deal with toothaches. What are examples of home remedies?

The most basic home remedy for toothaches is using an ice pack. Rinsing your teeth with hydrogen peroxide or salt also helps.

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