What is General Dentistry?

Sometimes, dental conditions arise that require immediate treatment from your dentist. Whether this is due to a missing tooth, gum disease or another dental problem, our friendly team can help. We offer a full range of general dental treatments including extractions, dentures, and many more.

Composite White Fillings

Fillings have commonly been made from either gold or a silver-coloured alloy called amalgam. These materials are extremely durable; however, the main disadvantage is that they don’t match the natural white colour of teeth in appearance. At Delph Dental Practice, we offer white fillings, also known as composite fillings. These are made from a tooth-coloured material that provides the same benefits of amalgam fillings whilst restoring the appearance of a previously filled tooth, giving your teeth a more natural look.

Using composite is a completely safe procedure, and can be used for new fillings or to replace any old metal fillings you may have to give your teeth a more natural overall appearance.

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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). Infection is caused by bacteria, living in the mouth, which gets into the tooth. This can happen after tooth decay, leaky fillings, or damage to teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases, your tooth could darken in colour, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying).

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It may be necessary to remove a tooth because of disease, trauma or crowding.

Here at Delph Dental Practice, we will do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible during the procedure. After the extraction, it is important that you follow the advice given by your dentist to ensure the area heals as quickly as possible.

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Dental Crowns

A dental crown is used to fix teeth that have been broken or weakened by decay or have a very large filling.

The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It can also be tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance, fitting in with the rest of your teeth.

A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. In some cases crowns can also be used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth..

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This system uses a fine grade powder to remove stubborn stains from your teeth.

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Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth by using one or both neighbouring teeth as anchors. The dental bridge is cemented to the anchor teeth and is fixed in place so that you can smile, laugh, and eat with confidence.

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General Dentistry FAQs

What happens on my first visit?

On your first visit, you will be greeted by our friendly front desk team, and they will ask you to complete a medical history and consent form. Once new patient paperwork is completed, you will be greeted by your dentist or a dental assistant who will take you into the surgery. Your dentist will then run through your medical history questions. Dedicated time is then put aside to discuss with your dentist about how you feel about your teeth and gums and any other questions or queries you may have. A full dental health check looking at 13 different aspects of your dental health will be completed, including X-rays for evaluation and diagnostic purposes, and then discussed with you at the end of your appointment. Any treatment you may require will also be discussed.

How often are x-rays taken?

A series of x-rays are taken at your comprehensive exam visit to develop a baseline of dental health and for the diagnosis of dental disease. Once this series is taken, routine x-rays are generally provided every 24 months. In some cases, x-rays are needed more frequently based on your specific dental health need. We follow the ALARA principle, which stands for As Low As Reasonably Achievable.

How often should I floss my teeth?

You should floss your teeth once a day. However, maintaining a consistent regular flossing schedule is the most important factor so don’t get discouraged and give up if you have to occasionally skip a day.

Why do I grind my teeth at night?

Many factors can contribute to why we grind our teeth, but the most common are, TMJ disorders (improper functioning of the jaw hinge joint), stress, or improper occlusion or biting position. Most of the time, grinding can be resolved easily through a nightguard. A nightguard is a bespoke hard tray that fits over the chewing surfaces of your teeth and stops the teeth from grinding together.

Why do I need to know if I’m pregnant at my appointment?

Depending on your stage of pregnancy, we may decide to defer x-rays until a later visit. We follow the ALARA principle for x-rays, so if you are scheduled for routine x-rays, we can delay them until after pregnancy. It is also helpful for your dentist to monitor gum health effectively, as many women experience inflammation and bleeding from the gums due to changes in hormone levels during pregnancy. We do not place amalgam fillings in pregnant and breastfeeding patients.

What causes a cavity?

Sugars and food particles attach to your teeth, allowing oral bacteria to build up. This forms plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a collection of living bacteria. This bacteria produces acid which eats away and damages the outer structure of the tooth. Once decayed, the cavity can grow large quickly, and sometimes without causing toothache until the cavity grows all the way to the nerve of the tooth.

What happens if I'm nervous?

Our friendly team will put you at ease. However, if you still feel too nervous, we can refer you to a specialist if you require sedation.  The cost for sedation and consultation can be obtained by the practice at your request.

How much will it cost to see a dentist?

We believe our prices offer you quality dental care at a sensible price. Please see our fees section.

Can you make my teeth whiter?

In most cases, yes. This treatment may be carried out at home, or in surgery.For further details please contact our front desk team and you can read more about teeth whitening here.

What happens if I forget an appointment?

In these unfortunate circumstances, we may make a charge towards covering the cost of lost surgery time or may review your eligibility to be seen in the future at the practice. We do not to charge for appointments cancelled or altered with more than 24 hours' notice.

We offer an automated reminder service. As long as you provide us with your correct mobile telephone number and/or e-mail address you will receive several reminders for any appointments made. However, please can we remind you this service is only a courtesy, and it is your responsibility to keep your appointment.

Should my gums bleed when I brush my teeth at the gum line?

No. Healthy gums do not bleed.Bleeding can be an indication of gum disease. If this is the case, your gums will bleed if they are brushed after a period of time and they have not been brushed as well as they possibly could have been. We do offer services to treat gum disease and loose or lost teeth it can cause. We will then help you to maintain gum health with our ongoing support and maintenance. Please speak to your dentist for further details.

Can you do anything about my bad/smelly breath?

Bad breath can be caused by a build-up on the soft tissues of the mouth. A simple way to help this is to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. Gum problems could also cause bad breath. A dental examination should help diagnose and treat the problem.

Can anything be done about my partner’s snoring?

Some individuals can be helped by wearing a custom-made anti-snoring device/appliance.If this is something you’d be interested in, please talk to one of our front desk team for further details.

Patient Reviews

On time, polite and patient oriented.
The dentist kept you informed about the ongoing procedures at all times and was constantly concerned about my comfort.
When all was finished I could not feel any rough bits or unevenness, that has to be a good sign of a "job well done".
Restored my faith in Dentists, thank you all.

Martin Wilson

By far the best dentist I've ever seen. Extracted 2 teeth very quickly and with no pain. Were very reassuring regarding my anxiety and explained everything as they went along. All in all, everything was perfect!

Doktress Melange

Wow, Ratna and the dental nurse were absolutely awesome, so careing and understanding and although I was still nervous I have been 3 times now and had all the treatment I needed, I have joined the silver monthly plan and I will definitely be going back every 6 months. Thank you The Delph.

Elizabeth Makin

I always see John for any treatment and he’s amazing. I’ve always been frightened of seeing the dentist in the past due to very bad experiences, but with John he always puts me at ease and the treatment is spot on.

Amanda Smith

Best experience I’ve ever had at a Dentist. Laura and her team were fast and efficient and made me feel right at ease.

Matt Bettany

Always recieve excellent care and service by John and I am more than happy to recommend
this dental practice and give an easy and well deserved 5 stars.

Ian Watson