Dental Crowns

Porcelain Crowns for San Diego, CA

For teeth that are badly damaged, dental crowns can be an effective treatment option. The dental crown procedure utilizes tooth-shaped coverings made of ceramic or porcelain to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. In addition, dental crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post.

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal. The type of dental crown material utilized during your dental crown procedure will depend on your unique needs and goals as well as the recommendation of La Mesa cosmetic dentists, Dr. Jeff Gray and Dr. Hurtado.


Metal Dental Crowns
The metallic shine makes a metal crown a poor choice for highly visible teeth, but metal dental crowns can be an ideal option for repairing decayed or damaged teeth in the back of your mouth. These extremely durable restorations can be applied with less enamel removal than when placing ceramic or porcelain crowns.

Metal dental crowns may consist of gold alloy, palladium, nickel alloy, or chromium alloy.


All Ceramic Dental Crowns (Porcelain Crowns)
Ceramic crowns may be made of porcelain, resins, or dental ceramic materials. This type of crown creates an extremely natural-looking appearance, making them ideal for front teeth.

Tooth-colored ceramic is translucent, like the enamel of your natural teeth. The shade can be matched to complement the rest of your smile. For your convenience, we are proud to offer one-visit CEREC ceramic crowns!

Services: Porcelain Bridges, Porcelain Crowns, Porcelain Veneers, Smile Makeover

"Look at me now! How can I just say ‘Thank you’? It's not enough. The smile is forever!"

Sheila’s total dental makeover didn’t just improve her smile. The work done by Dr. Hurtado and Dr. Gray has helped her eat better, swallow better, and speak better. Her whole life has been improved through the dental work she received!

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-Sheila

Porcelain Crowns (Porcelain Fused to Metal)
These crowns are stronger than all-ceramic versions and much more aesthetically pleasing than metal ones. The metal shell does give these crowns an opaque appearance. Because they lack the translucent quality that makes tooth enamel so beautiful, this type of crown is not as discreet as ceramic and porcelain crowns.


The Dental Crown Procedure
The dental crown procedure is typically completed in two stages.

Your dentist will remove portions of your natural tooth’s structure to make a well-fitting crown. An impression will be sent to the lab. This lab will be create your new crown in about two weeks. A temporary dental crown will help you chew and speak normally while you wait for your new permanent crown.

When you return to our office in La Mesa, the temporary crown will be removed, and your custom dental crown will be securely bonded in place to create a new smile.


EREC Same-Day Crowns
There are times when a same-day crown is either desirable or necessary. In these cases, we can offer same-day crowns that are made by our CEREC machine. This machine offers stunning new crowns that can restore your smile in a day!


What is the Average Cost of Dental Crowns?
The average cost of a dental crown varies, depending on the type of crown that is made for you. Ceramic and porcelain crowns tend to cost more because they are time-consuming and require skill to be placed correctly.


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If you are in need of dental crowns, we invite you to come to our San Diego area office near El Cajon to see the difference porcelain crowns can make.

Contact our office in La Mesa, CA today or fill in the form on this page. We are happy to answer your dental crown questions and show you more before and after pictures of Dr. Gray’s dental crown patients.

"I've needed a lot of restorative work to lots of old fillings and also several new crowns to replace very old ones and a root canal, too. Because I've had so much dental work over the years, I have a lot of experiences to compare to and I would say Dr. Gray is by FAR the best dentist I've ever had. I've never used any of the sedation offered at Dr. Gray's and still I've never felt ANY pain whatsoever, even during the root canal (that's a first!). He's very expert and artful in all his work. I never want another dentist!"

– Jennifer L. –

"Excellent customer service, pristine offices, and overall great experience getting my first treatment under sedation. I had a root canal, crown, and a filling and very little pain or anxiety. I appreciate the team and everything they do to make me feel comfortable."

– Sara L. –

"This was hands down the best dental experience I have had in my life, they were quick, kind and they actually cared how you felt the whole time during and after the procedure. I would recommend them 100% and I will be switching my family over to this office. I was in and out in less than 3 hours for a crown and with minimal pain and discomfort. The entire staff is so friendly and caring! Thank you so much!!"

– Crystal J. –

"Excellent customer service, pristine offices, and overall great experience getting my first treatment under sedation. I had a root canal, crown, and a filling and very little pain or anxiety. I appreciate the team and everything they do to make me feel comfortable."

– Sara L. –

"Dr. Gray is excellent and did a beautiful job on my crowns, root canals, and replacement fillings! Everything was done in one short visit. My husband and I feel so lucky to have found such a great dental office!! We recommend them all the time!"

– Alisa W. –

"Not only did Dr. Gray fix the crown problem I originally came in for, but he identified an early cavity and fixed that also. Great team and very virus safety conscious."

– Lee M. –

"I have never been to a better office in any medical or dental facility. Dr Gray’s office is peaceful, welcoming, and comfortable. Everything they do, from their personal intake forms to the cozy blankets they provide, shows attention to detail and patient comfort. Each staff member is kind and friendly and very attentive. In addition, they are skilled, experienced, and professional. Needless to say, the sedation makes the process so easy. Dr. Gray is excellent and did a beautiful job on my crowns, root canals, and replacement fillings! Everything was done in one short visit. My husband and I feel so lucky to have found such a great dental office!! We recommend them all the time!"

– Alisa W. –