Broken and chipped teeth are common injuries from Boca Raton car accidents. Although the enamel that covers the teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, it is no match for the force of impact in a Florida car accident. The same forces that shatter safety glass and twist metal can do a number on your teeth.
If your tooth is damaged in a Boca Raton car crash, it is important that you see your dentist as soon as possible.
- The sooner you see the dentist, the better the chances of saving your tooth.
- A broken tooth is susceptible to infection.
- The dentist will document your dental injuries. The insurance company will require this documentation before they pay for your claim. If you wait too long, they may reject your claim.
Treatment for a broken tooth will depend on the extent of the damage. If a small piece chipped off your tooth, it can be repaired with a filling. If the damage is to the front of the tooth, the dentist may cover the filling with a tooth-colored resin through a procedure called bonding.
If a large part of the tooth broke off, you may need a dental cap or crown. If very little of the tooth is left, the dentist may opt to extract the tooth and give you an implant. If this is the case, you will need a root canal on the nerves of the tooth.
Dental work is expensive. However, if you are the victim of a Florida car accident, your dental work should be covered by your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. If your PIP insurance does not cover all your medical bills, you have the right to seek additional compensation from the driver who caused the accident. For more information, request a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook:Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim or contact Boca Raton accident injury attorney David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.