2021 ICD-10-CM Code K06.0

Gingival recession

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

K06.0 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of gingival recession. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

ICD-10:K06.0
Short Description:Gingival recession
Long Description:Gingival recession

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Gingival recession

Non-specific codes like K06.0 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for gingival recession:

  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - K06.01 for Gingival recession, localized
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.010 for Localized gingival recession, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.011 for Localized gingival recession, minimal
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.012 for Localized gingival recession, moderate
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.013 for Localized gingival recession, severe
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - K06.02 for Gingival recession, generalized
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.020 for Generalized gingival recession, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.021 for Generalized gingival recession, minimal
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.022 for Generalized gingival recession, moderate
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use K06.023 for Generalized gingival recession, severe

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Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Gum Disease

Also called: Periodontal disease

If you have gum disease, you're not alone. Many U.S. adults currently have some form of the disease. It ranges from simple gum inflammation, called gingivitis, to serious damage to the tissue and bone supporting the teeth. In the worst cases, you can lose teeth.

In gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen. They can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. You can usually reverse it with daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings by a dentist or dental hygienist. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. If you have periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. If not treated, the bones, gums and connective tissue that support the teeth are destroyed.

NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)