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Crowns or “Caps” are known as Fixed Prosthodontics in the world of dentistry. The practice of Willis & Associates: Family Dentistry takes a special interest in dental crowns, led by Dr. James Willis. Dental Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.

I love crowns. It is definitely the area of dentistry in which I have a special passion. The best thing I get to do as a dentist is to give someone a healthy and beautiful smile It is, by far, the most rewarding part of the job. It is our dental version of an extreme makeover in some cases — I’ve seen a new smile bring tears, change an attitude, change a life. As a dentist, giving someone an awesome smile is the best thing I get to do. I love porcelain crowns and veneers because they are the longest-lasting, most beautiful material that allows me to get the results my patients want when it comes to a new smile.

I also love seeing posterior gold crowns on the x-rays; nothing like a good margin on a gold crown and the track record of longevity they bring.

Dr. James W. Willis

Dental Crown Process

Dental Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your dental crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you, so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.


My advice to anyone needing a crown, or looking for a dentist to do a crown, would be first find someone you trust, because trust is everything. Secondly, ask to see pictures of their work — especially if you are doing a full mouth rehabilitation or have large restorative needs.

Dr. James W. Willis

Please call our office if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment to restore your tooth with a Dental Crown: Fishersville 540-885-8037 and Churchville 540-337-6004