Diagnosis Code K02.3
Information for Medical Professionals
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.
- 521.04 - Dental caries - arrested
- Arrested dental caries
Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code K02.3 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:
- Inclusion Terms: Inclusion terms
List of terms is included under some codes. These terms are the conditions for which that code is to be used. The terms may be synonyms of the code title, or, in the case of "other specified" codes, the terms are a list of the various conditions assigned to that code. The inclusion terms are not necessarily exhaustive. Additional terms found only in the Alphabetic Index may also be assigned to a code.
- Arrested coronal and root caries
Information for Patients
Also called: Cavities, Dental caries
You call it a cavity. Your dentist calls it tooth decay or dental caries. They're all names for a hole in your tooth. The cause of tooth decay is plaque, a sticky substance in your mouth made up mostly of germs. Tooth decay starts in the outer layer, called the enamel. Without a filling, the decay can get deep into the tooth and its nerves and cause a toothache or abscess.
To help prevent cavities
- Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Clean between your teeth every day with floss or another type of between-the-teeth cleaner
- Snack smart - limit sugary snacks
- See your dentist or oral health professional regularly
- Dental cavities (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Plaque: What It Is and How to Get Rid of It - NIH (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
- Seal Out Tooth Decay: A Fact Sheet for Parents - NIH (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
- Tooth decay -- early childhood (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Toothaches (Medical Encyclopedia)