Millions of accident victims suffer injury due to motor vehicle collisions in the United States each year. As more and more motorists enter the roadways of Connecticut and other populous states throughout the country, traffic congestion creates a dangerous driving situation. While the severity of injuries generally correlates with the force of impact in an auto accident, even some of the more minor collisions can cause a wide range of injuries for those passengers involved.
Facial damage, more specifically dental injuries, is amongst the most common types of injury suffered during a traffic crash. Commonly referred to as temporomandibular joint (TMJ), dental injuries are often sustained by accident victims in Connecticut. Sadly, a large majority of the accidents involving dental injuries were caused by some sort of driver error. Negligent driving behavior has led to countless fatal motor vehicle collisions.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries involved in New Haven traffic accidents. Much whiplash damage affects the neck; however, passenger occupants have been known to suffer jaw, head, face, and mouth injuries in a crash, largely dependent upon the position of impact. Sadly, many of those accident victims suffering from dental injuries choose to ignore their pain, often causing even more severe injuries.
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Types of Dental Injuries
Generally divided into two categories of either direct or indirect damage, dental injuries are a common outcome of auto accidents. Direct dental injuries refer to the striking of the head or mouth by some kind of subject. In contrast, an indirect dental injury refers to an open mouth abruptly closing, which then forces the lower jaw teeth to be crushed by the jaw’s upper teeth. Accident victims undergo extensive pain during any type of mouth injury.
Accidents involving highway travel typically more severe injuries, as the increases in speeds directly relate to the force of impact. While medical treatment will vary dependent upon the extent of the injury, all dental injuries should be cared for by a dentist. The following are the three types of common dental damages caused by motor vehicle collisions:
Catastrophic auto accidents commonly cause acute dental trauma. Fractured teeth require treatment to fix the dental fracture suffered. Dentists generally break dental fractures into three categories: Ellis I, Ellis II, and Ellis III.
- Ellis I injuries occur when the fracture in the crown only extends through the tooth enamel. In this situation, victims should look for rough edges, yet they will not see any changes in color or feel any tenderness.
- Ellis II injuries refer to a fracture to both the tooth enamel and dentin layer. These damaged teeth are tender upon air exposure and touch. In addition, there is usually a visible yellow tint on the dentin which is seen during examination.
- Ellis III injuries occur when the fractures extends to the enamel, dentin, and pulp layers. Damage during this type of teeth fracture creates a visible pink, red, or even blood on the center of the tooth with similar sensitivity as that of Ellis II injuries.
When a tooth is loosened during an accident, yet not completely knocked out, this is referred to as tooth luxation. In these situations, the damaged tooth moves either backwards, forwards, or sideways. While this injury is typically treated by pushing the tooth back into its socket, it is important to visit a dentist to ensure no further damage has been suffered.
An avulsed tooth involves the complete knocking out of a tooth from its socket. Accident victims are warned to pick up the tooth by the crown, not the roots, when the tooth falls out. Once the tooth is picked up by the crown it should immediately be placed in a plastic container filled with saline solution, saliva, or whole milk. Unfortunately, those accident victims who cannot seek medical care to get the tooth back in the mouth within 2 hours after the accident usually lose the tooth.
Contact a Knowledgeable Connecticut Accident Attorney
Car crash victims are often overwhelmed with the many stresses associated with motor vehicle collisions in Connecticut. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has been serving the Connecticut community for many years. In this time, we have established a growing team of legal professionals who dedicate their lives to seeking justice for all Connecticut drivers.
Combining experience, knowledge, and a deep passion for the law, our personal injury attorneys know what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. With offices located in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven, our legal team is able to service residents in any location in Connecticut. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it’s time to let the Power of Perkins work for you!
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