Orthodontics and Personal Injuries
Dental InjuriesIf you have suffered dental injuries resulting from another person’s negligent act, there are some essential things to take note of. Dental injuries have a wide range of severity, and the treatment can also vary substantially depending on the type of damage. Some damages like minor chips and cracks to the outer layer of the tooth, may not need immediate treatment. However, if the damage is such that it penetrates to the inner layer of the tooth or to the roots, or multiple teeth have shifted and become dislodged, the treatment can be quite costly and may take months, if not years, to complete.
Dental Injuries Can Be TraumaticSome common issues surrounding dental injuries after an accident or traumatic event include:
- Chipped, cracked, fractured, split, or broken teeth can vary in severity. The more severe the damage, the more costly the treatment can be.
- Avulsed teeth refers to teeth that have been entirely knocked out of their sockets. If the tooth is handled with care and intervention from a dental professional is sought within a few hours of the injury, the tooth may be saved.
- Luxated teeth refers to teeth that have become dislodged or loose in their sockets. A misplaced tooth will likely need to be stabilized to heal correctly. When there are multiple luxated teeth, an orthodontist can intervene with solutions. The orthodontic professional can stabilize the teeth with splinting.
- Jaw damage often occurs in accidents when the jaw contacts with a hard object. This type of trauma can lead to jaw misalignment. If it is not fixed by an orthodontist, this misalignment can cause long-term issues such as TMJ, irregular wear of the teeth, and difficulty biting and chewing.