K03.6: Deposits [accretions] on teeth

You have deposits or discoloring on one or more teeth in your mouth.

Dental plaque and dental scaling are deposits on the teeth. Dental plaque occurs when a layer of food components, bacteria and saliva forms on the teeth. When the plaque hardens and can no longer be cleaned away with the toothbrush, it becomes known as dental scaling. Scaling can occur on both the visible part of the tooth and below the gum. Deposits on the teeth can appear as a sort of green, white or brown.

The appearance of tooth color can change not only due to deposits, but also to discoloration of the surfaces of the teeth themselves. Discolorations occur due to color pigments that attach to the teeth or in deposits. Certain foods or medicines can be responsible for this. Deposits and teeth can also be discolored by smoking.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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