In the United States, every 16 minutes there is an automobile accident, whether there are serious injuries or not is always to be determined. However, one of the most common forms of injuries in auto accidents is dental injuries. Dental injuries are also often overlooked after an accident due to more serious visible injuries may have occurred.
Typically the cause of a dental injury is the result of the whiplash effect from the blow of another vehicle. This forces your head to quickly jerk in one direction in an uncontrollable movement, at which point bashing your face against the steering wheel or another unmovable object.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident resulting in a dental injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. This may allow you to recover lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages in relation to your accident.
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Types Of Dental Injuries
In the case of a dental injury, there are two different classifications; direct and indirect. Direct dental injuries are a result of the mouth or head either striking an object, such as the steering wheel or being struck by an object. Indirect dental injuries are a result of the mouth quickly opening and slamming shut, forcing the upper teeth to literally crush the lower teeth.
The three most common types of dental injuries from auto accidents include:
Dental avulsion is when the tooth is completely displaced from its socket. When a dental avulsion occurs it is important not to pick the tooth up by the roots, rather the crown. Place the tooth in a container of milk, saliva or saline solution. It is important to have the tooth implanted immediately to avoid further complications.
A displaced tooth means that the tooth has not been completely displaced from its socket, just loosened. Treatment consists of pushing the tooth back into its original position. It is best to seek the attention of a dentist for final care of this sort of injury.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Cracked tooth syndrome is a condition where a crack in the tooth extends into the dentin and, on occasion, through the pulp of the tooth. Treatment can consist of removing the remaining tooth and installing a false tooth or mending the tooth back together.
Dental Injury Treatment
If for some reason you are not able to seek the attention of a medical professional for your tooth injury, there are first aid steps you can take to reduce pain and promote future healing of that part of the mouth. The following expresses how to properly care for dental injuries quickly:
- Apply cold to reduce swelling
- Rinse with warm salt water after eating
- Eat soft foods (ex. Yogurt, ice cream, eggs, and mashed potatoes)
- DO NOT use tobacco products
- DO NOT drink alcohol
- Use topical numbing medicine
These quick and easy first aid methods will help to reduce pain and increase healing time of your dental injury. Individuals with a dental injury are advised to seek assistance from a medical professional such as an oral surgeon. At Philips Law Group we believe that it is important to seek proper medical attention for any injury, so we have provided a list of oral surgeons throughout the area.
Some oral surgeons throughout the area include:
Ahwatukee Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryPhoenix(480) 598-3006
|Buhrow Gillis & Sabol Pllc||Phoenix||(602) 957-0332|
|Oral Surgery, Ltd.||Phoenix||(602) 248-8745|
|Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery||Flagstaff||(928) 773-2530|
|Woodlands Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery||Flagstaff||(928) 214-7052|
|Bryan J. Shanahan DDS, PC||Flagstaff||(928) 774-2500|
|AZ Oral Facial and Implant Surgery||Chandler||(480) 814-9500|
|Dr. Ki Ngo Dentistry||Chandler||(480) 917-0181|
|Donald J Gass Jr DDS||Chandler||(480) 899-8893|
|Dental Clinic of Arizona||Mesa||(480) 962-0834|
|The Dental Center of Mesa||Mesa||(480) 834-9001|
|East Valley Dental Care||Mesa||(480) 269-0903|
|Tipton Orthodontics||Tempe||(480) 813-8610|
|Acacia Dental||Tempe||(480) 831-7775|
|Tempe Modern Dentistry||Tempe||(480) 345-4017|
|Lines & Lines||Tempe||(480) 968-3848|
|Kalamchi Sabah DDS||Scottsdale||(480) 945-2310|
|Master George H DDS||Scottsdale||(480) 941-5005|
|Guyette Facial and Oral Surgery Center||Scottsdale||(480) 657-7065|
Contact An Experienced Maricopa County Auto Accident Attorney
It only takes one second for an auto accident to happen, but the aftermath may last for months to a lifetime. Accident victims should be focused on recovery from their injuries instead of worrying about how they are going to afford the expenses accumulating as a result of an accident.
Let our experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys fight to hold the at-fault parties accountable for damages that occurred during the accident in order to ensure your financial stability and healthy recovery during your time of need.
At the Phillips Law Group, our team of experienced attorneys has wealth, knowledge, and experience handling dental injury claims. We encourage you to contact our firm to schedule a free, initial case evaluation. During this time, we will assess the merits of your claim and offer advice on how to best pursue legal action for your case.
For additional information on the legal rights that may be available to dental injury victims and their families or to schedule a free no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please contact us at 602-258-8888 today.
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