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BOUCHARDET, Fernanda Capurucho Horta et al. Need for assessment of dental injuries in cases of permanent disability by accident. RFO UPF [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.3, pp. 381-385. ISSN 1413-4012.

Objective: to show the importance of assessing dental injuries in the forensics of permanent disability by accident, through a literature review and analysis of specific legislation. Literature review: the stomatognathic system, when balanced and controlled by the central nervous system, is responsible for the harmonious functioning of the face during breathing, chewing, sucking, swallowing, and speaking. In this system, teeth have an imperative role in masticatory and phonetic functions, and although they are biologically considered as organs, accidental dental loss is not supported by the current insurance legislation (SUSEP 302/05, and CNSP Resolution 117/04). Final considerations: due to the lack of expertise in this area, there is a mismatch between the purpose of personal accident insurance and the repair of dental damages, especially in teeth, where it becomes important to disclose this information in dental and legal environment so that legal regulations may be changed and beneficiaries may fairly and lawfully enjoy their rights.

Palavras-chave : Stomatognathic system; Insurance claim review; Legal dentistry.

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