2021 ICD-10-CM Code S02.670

Fracture of alveolus of mandible, unspecified side

Version 2021
Non-Billable Code
Unspecified Code

Not Valid for Submission

S02.670 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of fracture of alveolus of mandible, unspecified side. The code 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.

The ICD-10-CM code S02.670 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like closed fracture of alveolar border of body of mandible, closed fracture of body of mandible, comminuted fracture of mandibular alveolar bone, fracture of mandible involving dental socket, fracture of mandibular alveolar socket wall , fracture of mandibular alveolus, etc.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like S02.670 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.

Short Description:Fracture of alveolus of mandible, unspecified side
Long Description:Fracture of alveolus of mandible, unspecified side

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Fracture of alveolus of mandible, unspecified side

Header codes like S02.670 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 fracture of alveolus of mandible, unspecified side:

  • S02.670A - ... initial encounter for closed fracture
  • S02.670B - ... initial encounter for open fracture
  • S02.670D - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with routine healing
  • S02.670G - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with delayed healing
  • S02.670K - ... subsequent encounter for fracture with nonunion
  • S02.670S - ... sequela

Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

Information for Patients


Also called: Broken bone

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones. Overuse can cause stress fractures, which are very small cracks in the bone.

Symptoms of a fracture are

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. An x-ray can tell if your bone is broken. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.

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Jaw Injuries and Disorders

Your jaw is a set of bones that holds your teeth. It consists of two main parts. The upper part is the maxilla. It doesn't move. The moveable lower part is called the mandible. You move it when you talk or chew. The two halves of the mandible meet at your chin. The joint where the mandible meets your skull is the temporomandibular joint.

Jaw problems include

Treatment of jaw problems depends on the cause.

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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