Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a covering placed over a damaged tooth to strengthen or improve its shape.  Crowns are both cosmetic and protective.  They’re most often used for teeth that have been broken, worn or partially destroyed by decay.

Once a tooth is properly prepared, the crowns are “cemented” onto the existing tooth and will fully or partially cover the portion of your tooth that appears above the gum line.

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Crowns can be porcelain or metal or both.  Porcelain is by far the preferred material because it so closely mimics the look of natural teeth, and is at the same time, very strong.

A partial crown, also called an onlay, is used when a full crown is not needed, but there is insufficient strength in the tooth to hold a filling.  Unlike a filling, which is applied directly into your mouth, a crown is made outside your mouth, in a lab or at the office.

The crown is created from a precise impression taken of the tooth.  This allows all aspects of the tooth, including its bearing on the patient’s bite and jaw movements to be taken into consideration.

Once your crown has been placed on the tooth and adjusted by your dentist, it will function just like the original tooth.

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Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
Dr. J. Allen Feeley DDS
“I enjoy being able to take care of people on a daily basis, whether it is getting them out of pain, improving their smile, or simply keeping them in excellent dental health.”

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Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
Dr. Nathan Makay DDS
“My profession means everything to me. It is what drives me every day and, other than my family, it is what I enjoy the most.”

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Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
Dr. Michael L. Gibilisco DMD
“Some children dream to grow up and become astronauts or cowboys, but I’ve always wanted to be a dentist. Now my profession is my passion and my life.”

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Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins DDS
Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins DDS
“My job is to give patients as many options as possible, explain the differences, and help them make decisions that fit their lives.”

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Experience

The professionals at Essex Family Dental are among the most skilled dental care teams in Vermont. Dr. J. Allen Feeley, Dr. Nathan Makay, Dr. Michael Gibilisco, & Dr. Jessica (Hacker) Hutchins apply their expertise and consult with one another for the benefit of the people they treat.

Comfort

Your ease at our practice is very important to us, whether that means a comfortable waiting room, painless treatment, or feeling informed about your care. Our doctors are happy to educate you about your treatment options and our staff is always gentle.                

Convenience

Essex Family Dental keeps the most convenient hours, offering appointments until 7pm Monday-Thursday, including morning and afternoon appointments on Friday and Saturday. We also schedule same-day treatment for patients with emergency needs.