2022 ICD-10-CM Code M26.60

Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10:M26.60
Short Description:Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
Long Description:Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified

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)

M26.60 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2022 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.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like M26.60 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

Specific Coding for Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified

Non-specific codes like M26.60 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 temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M26.601 for Right temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M26.602 for Left temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M26.603 for Bilateral temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use M26.609 for Unspecified temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified side

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code M26.60 are found in the index:

Clinical Information

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

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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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)