Jaw Fracture Injuries Due to Dental Negligence
The jaw bone is the underlying support and structure for the teeth and can withstand significant pressure. Just like any bone, it can sustain fractures when put under severe stress. When a dental procedure is performed incorrectly or without the proper techniques or preparation, it is possible to fracture the jaw bone. This can cause intense pain and ongoing medical treatments to repair the damage. When caused by dental negligence, a jaw fracture can be reason to pursue a dental malpractice lawsuit.
The most common dental procedures that can result in jaw fractures when performed incorrectly are tooth extractions or dental implant surgery. Removing wisdom teeth or any other damaged or diseased teeth requires careful adherences to dental techniques designed to prevent harm to the surrounding bone and tissues. When improper force is applied, or the wrong methods are used, the jaw can be fractured. The same is true when preparing the jaw bone for dental implants. The wrong positioning or preparation can damage the jaw bone when bone grafting or dental implants are implemented.
Recovery from Jaw Fractures
When the jaw is fractured, surgery may be required to repair the damage. This can result in medical expenses, time lost from work, pain and possibly other consequences. Depending on the extent of the injury, the patient may need to have their jaw wired shut during recovery from surgery. This can mean several weeks of recovery while the bone heals and possibly more dental work is needed to restore alignment and function.
If you have sustained a fractured jaw during a dental procedure and you believe it was caused through negligence on the part of your dentist, contact us at Moriarty Injury Lawyer. We are experienced personal injury lawyers who can help you discover whether you can be compensated for your dental injury to pay for medical and wage-loss expenses. Contact our office in Atlanta to schedule your free consultation with our legal team.