Common Workman Comp Dental Accidents


The Most Common Dental Accidents in the Workplace

According to the CDC, the percentage of Americans with a perceived ‘Excellent or Very Good’ mouth condition has diminished since the 1980’s by nearly 10 percent. This statistic applies across all age ranges, education, smoking status, ethnicity, and income levels. Perhaps as a result, there has been an increase in dental accidents. Of all the dental accidents that we encounter in the workplace, it is often the dental issues that are most stressful because these types of injuries may inhibit communication and are not always immediately treatable at an emergency room. But what specific dental injuries occur at work, and how often?
Among all facial injuries incurred at work, 38.6% involve dental issues. This is higher than the percentage of facial injuries involving dental issues incurred in either automotive accidents or acts of violence. Furthermore, there is no predictable pattern of extensiveness of dental injuries reported from at work accidents. However, there are several types of injuries that do occur with some frequency.

Accident Types

The most common reason for dental injuries in the workplace is accidental slips or falls that lead to workman’s comp dental repair. The injuries that result can be anywhere from soft tissue lacerations to the lip or gum to full avulsion of one or more teeth (tooth knocked out). Another typical cause for dental trauma is associated with eating. Tooth fractures, loosening, jams and cracks can all result from eating and drinking in the workplace. Occupations that include machinery, heavy lifting, or other activities often result in more dramatic dental accidental injuries. Generally, in facial trauma, older persons are prone to bone fractures (increase of 4.4%/year of age) and soft tissue injuries (increase of 2%/year of age) while younger persons are more susceptible to dental trauma (decrease of 4.5%/year of age).

Getting Dental Care With Workers Comp

Should you suffer a dental injury in the workplace, either directly as a result of a work activity or through a secondary activity such as eating, you then have to address both the injury and how to navigate the world of workman’s comp insurance. While many dental practices are not familiar with how to properly file and manage workman’s comp, Modern Dentistry of Brooklyn prides itself on being able to not only provide the highest level of dental care, but also in smoothly negotiating all aspects of the insurance system. If you have received an oral or dental injury while on the job, contact us today!

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