ICD-10-CM Code M26.6

Temporomandibular joint disorders

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M26.6 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorders. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M26.6
Short Description:Temporomandibular joint disorders
Long Description:Temporomandibular joint disorders

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • M26.60 - Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • M26.601 - Right temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • M26.602 - Left temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • M26.603 - Bilateral temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • M26.609 - Unspecified temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified side
  • M26.61 - Adhesions and ankylosis of temporomandibular joint
  • M26.611 - Adhesions and ankylosis of right temporomandibular joint
  • M26.612 - Adhesions and ankylosis of left temporomandibular joint
  • M26.613 - Adhesions and ankylosis of bilateral temporomandibular joint
  • M26.619 - Adhesions and ankylosis of temporomandibular joint, unspecified side
  • M26.62 - Arthralgia of temporomandibular joint
  • M26.621 - Arthralgia of right temporomandibular joint
  • M26.622 - Arthralgia of left temporomandibular joint
  • M26.623 - Arthralgia of bilateral temporomandibular joint
  • M26.629 - Arthralgia of temporomandibular joint, unspecified side
  • M26.63 - Articular disc disorder of temporomandibular joint
  • M26.631 - Articular disc disorder of right temporomandibular joint
  • M26.632 - Articular disc disorder of left temporomandibular joint
  • M26.633 - Articular disc disorder of bilateral temporomandibular joint
  • M26.639 - Articular disc disorder of temporomandibular joint, unspecified side
  • M26.69 - Other specified disorders of temporomandibular joint

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10 codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more. The following references are applicable to the code M26.6:

Type 2 Excludes

Type 2 Excludes
A type 2 excludes note represents "Not included here". An excludes2 note indicates that the condition excluded is not part of the condition represented by the code, but a patient may have both conditions at the same time. When an Excludes2 note appears under a code, it is acceptable to use both the code and the excluded code together, when appropriate.
  • current temporomandibular joint dislocation S03.0
  • current temporomandibular joint sprain S03.4

Clinical Information

  • TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS-. a variety of conditions affecting the anatomic and functional characteristics of the temporomandibular joint. factors contributing to the complexity of temporomandibular diseases are its relation to dentition and mastication and the symptomatic effects in other areas which account for referred pain to the joint and the difficulties in applying traditional diagnostic procedures to temporomandibular joint pathology where tissue is rarely obtained and x rays are often inadequate or nonspecific. common diseases are developmental abnormalities trauma subluxation luxation arthritis and neoplasia. from thoma's oral pathology 6th ed pp577 600

Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Dentofacial anomalies [including malocclusion] and other disorders of jaw (M26-M27)
      • Dentofacial anomalies [including malocclusion] (M26)

Code History

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

Information for Patients


Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the side of your head. When it works well, it enables you to talk, chew, and yawn. For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause

  • Pain that travels through the face, jaw, or neck
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Jaw pain may go away with little or no treatment. Treatment may include simple things you can do yourself, such as eating soft foods or applying ice packs. It may also include pain medicines or devices to insert in your mouth. In very rare cases, you might need surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research


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