Independent Oral and Maxillofacial Evaluation/Independent Dental Evaluation

An Independent Oral and Maxillofacial Evaluation, also known as an Independent Dental Evaluation, is an evaluation by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or dentist, depending on the documented injuries, in order to examine the oral cavity and associated structures to determine causality with respect to the claimant’s oral and maxillofacial complaints and whether any identified disorder can be attributed to the incident in question. Such evaluations are in order when claimants complain of symptomatology descriptive of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, such as jaw pain and/or “clicking,” and difficulty or pain with chewing following a motor vehicle or other accident. TMJ disorders involve acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint which connects the mandible to the skull.

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