1725 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054


Form Follows Function

Dr. Kelly uses restorative dentistry to return teeth to ideal function and natural form. You may remember a time when your teeth were more attractive, healthier, and worked better, restorative dentistry can take you back to that time and keep you there. Dr. Kelly considers all elements of your teeth, mouth, and bite in relation to the joints and muscles that support them. He sees the person as a whole in treatment considerations. Restorative needs can range from those with extremely worn teeth from age or grinding habits to returning a heavily “fixed” mouth to a more natural state.

Most dentists practice with a “one tooth at a time” mentality. Patients are accustomed to single tooth dentistry because insurance systems encourage it and patients are typically not given alternatives by dentists. Unfortunately, the sum of years of single tooth repairs done without a master plan, even done with best intentions, lead to problems including tooth failure, uneven bites, food traps, poor aesthetics, and over all poorer health than could be accomplished with a comprehensive restorative approach.
In nearly all restorative dentistry cases there is a component that defines the position of your bite. The bite in these cases considers the relationship of the jaws and joint, a comfortable stable tooth position when closed, and proper function as the teeth move pass one another. Very often treatment performed on the front teeth restores function that affects the back teeth and vice versa. The beauty of the restorative process is that teeth become attractive as they are restored because they regain their original youthful appearance before they were worn.

Dr. Kelly is also talented in reconstructing bites with missing and much damaged teeth. He has a wide range options for missing teeth including implants, aesthetic bridges, and cosmetic full dentures. He treats cases with missing teeth with the same care and philosophy as he does all other restorative cases.

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