ICD-10 Codes to Report Gum Recession

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Gum recession occurs when the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away. The blog provides an overview of the condition along with its ICD-10 codes.


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ICD-10 Codes to Report Gum Recession Summary - Gum recession occurs when the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away. The blog provides an overview of the condition along with its ICD-10 codes. Address 8596 E. 101st Street Suite H Tulsa OK 74133

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www.outsourcestrategies.com 800 670 2809 Regarded as a common geriatric dental problem gum recession occurs when the gums recede or wear away exposing the pink tissue that covers the roost of the teeth. Receding gums occur due to poor oral health. The condition can result in the formation of gaps between the gum and tooth resulting in the build-up of bacteria. If left untreated the surrounding tissue and bone structures of the teeth can get damaged and lead to in tooth loss. Billing and coding for dental disorders can be a challenging process. For precise and accurate medical billing and claims submission healthcare practices can outsource their billing and coding tasks to a reliable dental billing company. Causes and Symptoms of Receding Gums According to reports about 88 percent of people older than 65 years have a receding gum in at least one tooth. Women are at higher risk of developing receding gums. Factors contributing to gum recession include - periodontal or gum disease poor oral hygiene aggressive brushing over the long term hardened plaque buildup tartar smoking or the use of any tobacco product family history of gum disease diabetes use of certain medications and certain immune disorders. At an early stage people with receding gums do not experience any specific symptoms and as a result they not be aware that their gums are receding. However as the condition progresses patients may experience symptoms like – bleeding after brushing or flossing exposed tooth roots red/swollen gums pain at the gum line bad breath and sensitivity to cold and heat due to exposed tooth roots. Diagnosis and Treatment Diagnosis of this condition begins with a detailed dental examination to identify the key issues affecting the gums. A probe may be used to measure the gum pockets. Treatment for receding gums depends on the underlying causes. Generally mild cases of gum recession do not require any specific treatment. Dentists may provide suggestions for gentle brushing and monitoring the gums. Treatment for gum recession includes scaling and root planning composite restoration and using desensitizing agents varnishes and dentin bonding agents. If an infection is found antibiotics may be prescribed. Dental surgery may be recommended for severe cases of receding gums which do not respond to conventional treatments. Common surgical options include - flap surgery and grafting.

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www.outsourcestrategies.com 800 670 2809 ICD-10 Codes for Gum Recession Dental medical billing and coding involves using the specific ICD-10 codes to report various dental conditions such as gum recession on the medical claims. Periodontists treating gum recession need to submit accurate documentation that meets payer guidelines. Dental insurance verification and pre-authorization services are crucial to verify patient’s coverage. ICD-10 codes to diagnose gum recession include – • K06.0 Gingival recession • K06.01 Gingival recession localized ✓ K06.010 Localized gingival recession unspecified ✓ K06.011 Localized gingival recession minimal ✓ K06.012 Localized gingival recession moderate ✓ K06.013 Localized gingival recession severe • K06.02 Gingival recession generalized ✓ K06.020 Generalized gingival recession unspecified ✓ K06.021 Generalized gingival recession minimal ✓ K06.022 Generalized gingival recession moderate ✓ K06.023 Generalized gingival recession severe Patients should be educated on taking good care of the mouth which is one of the best ways to prevent gum recession. They must be encouraged to get regular cleanings and dental checkups at least once in a year.