Billable Medical Code for Periapical Abscess Without Sinus
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 522.5
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 522.5.
The Short Description Is: Periapical abscess.
Dental abscess is also known as dental abscess, periapical abscess, and periapical abscess without sinus tract. This excludes periapical abscess with sinus (522.7). This applies to abscess: dental and dentoalveolar.
Dental Abscess Definition and Symptoms
A dental abscess is a collection of pus caused by a bacterial infection in the center of a tooth. This is usually a complication of tooth decay, however it may also occur if a tooth is broken or chipped. Symptoms include bad breath, swollen glands in the neck, sensitivity in the tooth, pain when chewing, fever, a bitter taste in the mouth, and swelling of the gum over the infected tooth.