What is General Dentistry?

At times, urgent dental conditions may arise that necessitate immediate attention from your dentist. Whether it's a missing tooth, gum disease, or any other dental issue, our amiable team is here to assist you. We provide a comprehensive range of general dental treatments, including extractions, dentures, and numerous other services to address your needs.

Composite White Fillings

Traditionally, fillings have been crafted from either gold or a silver-toned alloy known as amalgam. These materials are exceptionally durable; however, their drawback is their inability to match the natural white shade of teeth. Delph Dental Practice presents an alternative: white fillings, also referred to as composite fillings. These fillings are composed of a tooth-colored material that offers the same advantages as amalgam fillings while restoring the aesthetic appeal of previously treated teeth, providing a more natural appearance.

The use of composite material in fillings is entirely safe and can be employed for both new fillings and to replace any existing metal fillings, resulting in an overall more natural look for your teeth.

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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is a dental procedure employed to address infections that occur at the core of a tooth, specifically within the root canal system. These infections are typically caused by oral bacteria that penetrate the tooth, often as a result of tooth decay, faulty fillings, or trauma-induced damage, such as a fall.

Initially, you may not experience any pain during the early stages of the infection. However, in certain cases, the affected tooth may darken in colour, indicating that the nerve within the tooth has either died or is in the process of dying.

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In some cases, the extraction of a tooth becomes necessary due to factors such as disease, trauma, or crowding. At Delph Dental Practice, we prioritise your comfort throughout the procedure and strive to provide a comfortable experience. Following the extraction, it is crucial to adhere to the guidance provided by your dentist to facilitate a speedy healing process in the treated area.

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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns serve as a solution for teeth that have suffered damage, decay, or have extensive fillings. These crowns are designed to fit over the remaining portion of a prepared tooth, providing strength and restoring its natural shape.

Additionally, they can be colour-matched to blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth, creating a more natural-looking restoration. If you have discolored fillings and desire an improvement in their appearance, a crown could be an ideal option for you.

In certain situations, crowns can also be used to securely anchor a bridge or denture in place within the oral cavity.

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

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Dental Bridges

By utilising one or both adjacent teeth as supports, dental bridges offer a solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. The bridge is securely cemented to these anchor teeth, providing a stable and fixed restoration that restores your ability to smile, laugh, and eat with self-assurance.

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General Dentistry FAQs

What happens on my first visit?

During your initial visit, our friendly front desk team will warmly welcome you and request that you fill out a medical history and consent form. Once you have completed the necessary paperwork as a new patient, your dentist or a dental assistant will greet you and accompany you to the treatment area. Your dentist will then review your medical history by asking relevant questions. Following that, dedicated time will be set aside to address your concerns and thoughts about your teeth and gums, as well as any other inquiries you may have. A comprehensive dental examination will be conducted, including the use of X-rays for assessment and diagnosis. At the conclusion of your appointment, the findings of the examination will be discussed with you, along with any recommended treatments that may be necessary.

How often are x-rays taken?

During your comprehensive examination, a set of x-rays is captured to establish a reference point for your dental health and to aid in diagnosing dental conditions. After this initial set, regular x-rays are typically taken every 24 months. However, in certain situations where your dental health requires it, more frequent x-rays may be necessary. Our approach adheres to 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