Car accidents are traumatic experiences for everyone involved and injuries that victims can sustain range from simple bruising of the skin to far more serious and severe problems. When thinking of car accidents, many people may consider broken bones and concussions to be common injuries, but, dental injuries from a car accident are also common and can be significant in terms of their impact and expense.
How can dental injuries occur in a car accident?
There are two primary ways in which dental injuries can occur in a car accident:
- If the head or face makes contact with another object, such as a window, the steering wheel, dashboard, etc.
- If the jaw itself slams shut, causing the teeth to come into contact with each other with strong force.
What kinds of dental injuries can occur and what treatments are available?
Some of the common dental injuries include:
Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Teeth
Depending on the impact, a tooth might suffer chips (where only the enamel is injured), cracks, where the tooth develops a fracture, or breaks where pieces of the tooth may come off. A chip in the tooth will likely require either a filling or crown depending on location.
A cracked or broken tooth, however, requires immediate dental attention to preserve the integrity of the tooth structure and avoid tooth loss. Depending on pain and sensitivity, victims may also require a root canal.
Loosened or Knocked-Out Teeth
A tooth may loosen, move, or in worst-case scenarios, completely dislodge from the mouth. Again, time is of the essence in receiving quality dental care. It may be possible to reset or re-implant the tooth. If not, you may require implanting of false teeth.
Soft Tissue or Jaw Injuries
A car accident can also result in painful jaw or soft tissue injuries that require medical attention. Treatment may require resetting and wiring the jaw shut.
What are other possible costs after dental injuries from a car accident?
Depending on the severity of the injuries, you may require cosmetic surgery or other interventions. You may have to take time off work to attend appointments and recover; your injuries may even require you to find a new job or take a demotion at work.
Facial scarring and disfigurement can also result in social and noneconomic costs such as embarrassment, emotional distress, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Legal help is available to those who have suffered dental injuries in a car accident caused by a negligent driver. The car accident attorneys at the Law Office of Jason Schultz, P.C. can help you file a claim, gather evidence, and negotiate an injury settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurer.
Contact Jason at 404-474-0804 today.