Any injury you get while working on the job is covered by workers’ comp. This includes injuries to the mouth. While job-related mouth injury is not all that common, it does happen. Some industries are more likely to have people experience mouth trauma than others, such as construction, mechanics, cleaning, food service, healthcare and agriculture.
Finding a dentist who accepts workers’ comp payments can be slightly problematic because these claims are so rare; however, we do accept them at Ora Dentistry. There are particular protocols which must be followed to ensure the claim goes through properly. We understand those requirements and work with our workers’ comp patients to help them file their claim correctly and promptly.
It is important to understand that workers’ compensation will only cover the dental care associated with the trauma due to the injury incurred at work. It will not cover other dental work. With that being said, it is very important to address any oral trauma as soon as possible. Delaying dental treatment, particularly in the case of mouth trauma, can result in the escalation of damage.
In addition to the impact delayed treatment may have on your oral health, workers’ comp claims need to be properly filed within a certain time frame. In order to receive the benefits and have your claim paid, you must file before time runs out.