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Dental emergencies can strike unexpectedly, causing much pain and stress. Knowing how to respond can make a significant difference in minimising potential damage and discomfort.
Dental pain can occur at any time and be unbearable and debilitating. Our team at Central Smiles strive to ensure toothaches are seen in a timely manner. We appreciate that our patients have busy schedules and as such open after hours and also Saturdays.

What are the most common dental emergencies?

Understanding the most common types of dental emergencies is vital for our dental team to address these situations effectively.


A toothache can be caused by various factors, including decay or infection. Immediate at-home remedies, such as rinsing with warm saltwater and taking over-the-counter pain relievers, can offer a temporary relief. However, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Quick action is needed for a knocked-out tooth. Carefully handle the tooth by the crown, not the root (the part that’s normally below the gum-line), and attempt to reinsert it into the socket if possible. If the tooth is unable to be reinserted, store it in milk or a tooth preservation product and immediately seek emergency dental care.

Broken or Fractured Tooth

Different types of tooth fractures may occur due to trauma or biting on hard substances. Take care to save any broken fragments and seek emergency dental treatment to prevent further damage.

Lost Dental Crown or Filling

The sudden loss of a dental crown or filling can be uncomfortable. Temporary solutions include dental cement or sugar-free gum until a dentist can provide a permanent fix.

Abscess or Dental Infection

Recognising signs of a dental abscess or infection, such as swelling and persistent pain, is crucial. Seek immediate dental advice to prevent the infection from spreading.

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Your Reliable Clinic for Dental Emergencies

When faced with a dental emergency, selecting the right dental practice is crucial. At Kedron Family Dental, we understand the importance of delivering swift and effective care when it comes to dental emergencies.

Our dental team is well-versed in managing dental emergencies. Whether it’s severe toothaches, broken teeth, infections, or oral trauma, you can rely on our experienced dental team to provide timely and efficient solutions.


When to seek professional help

It is essential to seek immediate professional dental help when experiencing ongoing or severe dental issues.

Dental issues that need immediate dental support include the following: 

  • Any sudden, intense toothaches, especially if accompanied by swelling or fever 
  • If a tooth has been knocked out or broken (professional assistance is crucial within the first hour for the best chances of successful treatment) 
  • Signs of a dental abscess or infection
  • Lost dental crowns or fillings.

Recognising the urgency levels of different dental problems is key. When in doubt, consult with your dentist directly to ensure timely intervention and appropriate care. This can help prevent more extensive issues and promote overall oral health.

Here are some precautions to help you avoid future emergency treatment with your teeth

Use Protective Gear

Wear appropriate protective gear when engaging in sports or recreational activities. This gear may include mouthguards to shield your teeth from potential impacts.

Practice Safe Eating Habits

Avoid biting down on hard objects like ice or unpopped popcorn. Thiscan lead to tooth fractures or chips.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy. A strong and well-maintained oral foundation is more resistant to accidents.

Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods

Reduce your intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages. These substances can contribute to tooth decay and weaken enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to injury.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help maintain optimal oral health. Water helps rinse away bacteria and food debris, reducing the risk of cavities and gum issues.

Schedule Regular Dental Check-ups

Attend regular dental check-ups to help identify and address any potential dental issues before they become bigger problems.

Teach Children Proper Oral Care

Educate children on the importance of good oral hygiene and safe habits early on. Encourage them to use protective gear during sports activities.

What our patients say

Google Review

On my recent visit I took my little boy for his first dental experience. The staff were wonderful and hygienist Alex did an amazing job of making him feel comfortable and ensuring he had an enjoyable experience. He had no complaints and even talks about when we will go back to the dentist. As my dental experience as a child was terrible, I could not recommend Alex and the team highly enough for a visit for children to make them comfortable and a positive experience.

Google Review

I went for a routine check up and clean as a new customer to the practice. From checking in (Abby) to the clean (Dr Chantal and Kian), everyone was very professional and thorough. A very comprehensive assessment was made and a meticulous clean was provided by Dr Chantal. Overall great dental experience and I will be back.

Google Review

I am a white knuckle dental patient (a product of school mobile dental care back in the 1960’s) I had a crown installed all in one visit today (less than 3 hours). Totally painless. All staff were wonderful and highly empathetic to my issues. The practice is highly recommended, which is why I have been a patient at Kedron for the last 15 years.

Google Review

I would definitely recommend Kedron family dental. The staff are first class.
Despite my fears, they definitely were calm and collected. Which helped me be calm too. I really appreciate the work of Dr Pj and assistant Gemma.
First class!! Thank you!!

Google Review

I have been going to Kedron Family Dental for a while now and such positive experiences so far at the practice. Dr Chantal and the dental assistants that work there are fantastic - professional and takes good care of your oral health. I would keep going back despite having moved to the other side of the river :))

Google Review

Elwynn has been my dentist for many years, and without a doubt is one of the best! Extremely professional and knowledgeable; but where he is really ahead of the rest, is the care and explanation he provides throughout any treatment or examination. Great to have him in the Brisbane area!

Where to find us

Kedron Family Dental

1/138 Gympie Rd,
Kedron QLD 4031, Australia

Tel: (07) 3357 9600

Public Transport
The clinic is conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Stop 25- Leckie Road on the busy 370 bus route. Free on-site parking available.


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