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.

Known As

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.