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Dental Emergency

We allow time in our schedule for Emergency Care in our office

New Patients / Inactive Patients may phone (618) 988-8130 during regular office hours. Emergency attention outside of regular hours may be difficult to provide due to absent or outdated health information. 

Active Clients should phone (618) 988-8130 and assistance will be provided.

If you have a dental emergency you want to call your dentist right away! Some dental emergencies are time-sensitive and need to be taken care of as soon as possible. If you live in Herrin, Marion, or Goreville and need an emergency dentist give Tim Loughran Dentistry a call! We want to give our patients the best possible care that we can. It is important to us that our patients feel comfortable and relaxed when dealing with a dental emergency. We have listed common dental emergency problems below and how they should be handled. 

First Aid for Dental Emergencies


First, rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water to dislodge trapped food.  Second, use a toothpick, or tie a knot in a piece of dental floss, to clean away debris between teeth.  The best over-the-counter products for toothaches are aspirin and ibuprofen-like compounds (Motrin, Aleve, generic), Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is minimally effective. DO NOT hold aspirin in the mouth as it is an acid and will cause a chemical burn.  Immediately see a dentist.

Knocked-Out Permanent Teeth

Find the tooth, and handle it by the smooth top (crown).  You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean the root portion or handle it unnecessarily.
Attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket.  If the root is not dirty or damaged from mishandling, this is your best opportunity for successful reattachment, so just do it!  Hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth.
Contact a dentist immediately.  If reinsertion is not possible, carry the tooth in milk or place in water if milk is not available.  Most importantly, keep in mind that time is a critical factor in saving the tooth by replacement.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the dirt from the injured area with warm water.  If front teeth are involved, locate, and save any broken tooth fragments for possible reattachment.  Immediate dental attention is advised when the involved tooth is sensitive to water or air.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

First, apply ice to the injured area.  After that, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean cloth if there is bleeding.

Possible Broken Jaw

If a blow to the jaw area results in the teeth not seating properly together, a fractured jaw is possible. Firstly, try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief wrapped over the head and under the chin. Contact a dentist or proceed to a hospital emergency room.

Bleeding After Baby Tooth Loss

Fold and place clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area.  After that, have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes.  This may be repeated once, but if bleeding persists you should contact a dentist.

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