Colorado Orthodontics

Benefits of Visiting an Orthodontist After Sustaining a Mouth Injury in an Accident

Serious accidents can result in severe mouth injuries and major dental damage. Whether you were injured in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, the long-term health of your teeth could be at risk. If you have sustained any type of mouth injury that you think has impacted the alignment of your teeth, or that a dentist has informed you as a result of the injury that you need orthodontic care, it is imperative that you make an immediate trip to the orthodontist.  While everyone wants a good smile, protecting your teeth is also important to protect your overall health. Damaged teeth can deteriorate further and cause infections. You may also need to visit the orthodontist after suffering a mouth injury because you need to protect your legal rights. If you were injured in an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. However, you will only be able to obtain that compensation if you have valid medical documentation that proves the extent of your injuries.

Common Dental Injuries:

The human mouth is complex and dental injuries occur in a wide variety of the different ways. Some of the most common injuries that occur in accidents include:

  • Lost tooth: A tooth that has been completely knocked out is known as an avulsed tooth. This is an incredibly painful injury that often requires emergency medical attention. If you are able to recover the lost tooth, your dentist may be able to put it back in. However, if several hours have already passed, this may no longer be possible.

  • Broken tooth: A tooth that has been broken may be partially chipped or simply loosened. In this situation, your dentist may be able to repair the tooth and save everything that remains. Once again, this is not possible in all cases, but quick medical assistance from a qualified dentist will dramatically increase your odds of saving your tooth.

  • Damaged root: Finally, you may suffer severe mouth damage in an accident that is not actually visible to the naked eye. While you can easily see a lost or broken tooth, you cannot always see root damage. However, fixing root damage is just as important: first, because a damaged dental root can be even more painful than a broken tooth; and further, because a damaged root will eventually kill the attached tooth. Even worse, the damaged root could cause a painful infection that could soon spread to your other teeth.

With all of these injuries, you may require an orthodontist to work with your general dentist in repairing any damages that occur.  If you are concerned about the impact to your bite or the spacing between your teeth, it is a good idea to see a specialist (in this case, an orthodontist) to assess what can be done.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, we suggest you also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. In the state of Colorado, negligent parties can be held legally liable for the damage sustained in an accident. In other words, if another party caused your injury, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

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