While dental injuries are some of the most common injuries a person can sustain in a car accident, they are often the least discussed. They can be overshadowed by other seemingly more serious injuries, including whiplash, fractures, and sprains. One of the reasons is because some injuries are more noticeable than dental injuries. On the other hand, you may not even realize the extent of your injuries until a few days after the car accident, and when this is the case, it can be too late to get certain repairs. However, dentists understand that being in a car accident that was not your fault can be traumatizing and that walking away with dental injuries can not only be painful but can leave you feeling disfigured. When you work with a dentist, they will get you the dental help you need and provide you with assistance when it comes to documenting these injuries for your personal injury claim.
Dental Injuries During a Car Accident
When people think of dental injuries and car accidents, they probably think of obvious examples of a lost tooth, but there are many other types of injuries. While many people may think of the tooth as one big, hard structure, it has many different layers and each layer protects a part of the tooth. Thus, a common injury—a chipped or fractured tooth—happens to the outside layer of the tooth. After a car accident, this can cause sensitivity and even cause your root to be exposed. An avulsed tooth, on the other hand, happens when your tooth is separated from your gums and is knocked out completely. If this happens during a car accident and you can get to your dentist immediately, we may be able to save your tooth. Be extremely careful when you pick it up (do not pick it up by the roots) and keep it safe until you get here.
How does insurance value damage?
A large part of valuing damage regarding your dental injuries after a car accident is by determining what kind of dental repair needs to be done. For example, if the damage was so severe that you will not be able to eat or drink in the same way as you did before, your attorney may be able to fight for a larger amount of compensation. Additionally, if the damage caused cosmetic problems and you require some form of surgery, an insurance company will also consider this. Speak with your dentist about the damage done and make sure you tell them upfront that it was the result of a car accident. They can make sure we take proper documentation of your injuries and recovery process for the insurance claims.
How can we help you?
Getting into a car accident at the hands of someone else is a terrifying situation, but a cosmetic dentist can treat your injuries and help with documentation for the insurance claim.
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