704.861.1208
1725 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054

Glossary

Many of our services are defined here in alphabetical order to aid in understanding.
Search for glossary terms (regular expression allowed)
Begins with Contains Exact term Sounds like
All | | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | I | P | R | S | U | V | W

C

Term Definition
CEREC CAD/CAM In Office Restorations

Dr. Kelly is one of the few dentists in the area to own and use the state of the art CEREC machine. This computer-based machine uses an optical impression system to create a digital model for making ceramic crowns, inlays, and onlays. When appropriate this can eliminate the need for temporaries and two appointments. This is possible by milling the restoration in a robotic device in-office on the same day as the procedure. Dr. Kelly’s patients are raving about this new technology!

Complete Dental Restoration

In complex dental treatment, a comprehensive approach is absolutely necessary using a combination of procedures. When multiple teeth require extensive treatment the harmony of a patients bite must be considered. Many missing teeth or severe deterioration of most teeth may require complex reconstruction using a combination of periodontal therapy, crowns, bridges, veneers, fillings, and possibly dental implants.

Complete set of radiographs

Current radiographs are imperative in diagnosing decay, bone loss, pathology, pulp health, jaw disorders, and tooth position. Without radiographs the dentist is working essentially blind.

Composite Resin

Composite resin (tooth colored fillings or bonding) is bonded directly to the tooth to correct a variety of problems. It can replace small dark fillings or fix small cavities before they become large. Composite resin bonding can also improve smiles by correcting chipped, stained and worn teeth by closing spaces between them. This versatile material, when indicated, allows enhancement of your smile in just a single visit.

Comprehensive evaluation of soft tissues

The dentist will search for abnormal condition of the oral tissues and examine the head and neck. This includes screening for oral cancer.

Comprehensive Exam

New patients at Kelly Dentistry find the comprehensive exam a rewarding and personal experience with the dentist that assists in identifying treatment needs and goals. Before you become a patient of record and enter a hygiene program for a regular cleaning you have the opportunity to spend an exclusive time to evaluate your oral health and address questions. It is imperative that patients receive a thorough examination and deserve individualized attention prior to extensive treatment or even entering our cleaning recall. During a complete dental examination you can expect a complete set of radiographs.

Crowns (aka "caps")

are restorations that cover the entire tooth. Crowns are used to correct badly broken or worn teeth, large cavities, or teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. In some cases, large amounts of front teeth are compromised and crowns are used instead of veneers for a cosmetic solution. Crowns are often used to strengthen weaken and cracked teeth. Severally worn teeth can have function restored by using the crown to create an appropriately shaped biting surface. When adjacent crowns are connected (splinted) together, they can stabilize loose teeth. Crowns can be made from various porcelains, porcelain fused to gold cores, or new high strength porcelain. Dr. Kelly typically uses all ceramic crowns, without metal cores for a more natural appearance and to avoid gray lines at the gums. Crowns are fabricated by a laboratory to provide strength, precision, enhanced esthetics and a stable bite. CEREC crowns are also available for certain situations to allow crowns to be made in office in a single visit. A quality crown designed with care, where indicated, will last a very long time.

Refer site to a Friend
Schedule an Appointment

Online Bill Pay

Sign up for our email list:

American Dental Association           American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry            Pankey Institute Alumni