ICD-10-CM Code M26.60

Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified

Version 2020 Replaced Code Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M26.60 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 disorder, unspecified. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

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

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

  • 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

Replaced Code

This code was replaced in the 2020 ICD-10 code set with the code(s) listed below. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2019. This code was replaced for the FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020).

  • M26.601 - Right temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • M26.602 - Left temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • M26.603 - Bilateral temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • M26.609 - Unspecified TMJ 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

  • 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 - Code Updated, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
    • New Description: Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
    • Previous Description: Temporomandibular joint disorder, unspecified
  • 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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