Dental Crowns

Dental crowns solve a variety of dental problems, from repairing damaged teeth to making a misshapen or discolored tooth more attractive. More importantly, they strengthen and protect a tooth from further damage, often preventing the total loss of the tooth.

Are you concerned about a tooth? The experts at Perfect Smiles California in Chula Vista, CA, are here to point you in the right direction.

Do You Have a Dental Emergency?

If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, your weakened tooth could suffer further damage or become infected, requiring a more involved dentistry procedure like a root canal or tooth extraction. 

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We Guarantee It for Two Years

At our Chula Vista dental office, serving National City and greater San Diego, CA, Drs. David Garate and Myriam V. Falcon use state-of-the-art technology and create dental crowns using porcelain and advanced dental materials to ensure your lasting satisfaction.

Problems Crowns Can Solve

Dental crowns are versatile dental treatments and ideal for solving a variety of dental issues, both cosmetic and restorative

What is a dental crown? In plain talk, it's a "cap" that surrounds a damaged or unattractive tooth down to the gumline, giving it strength and restoring its natural appearance. We customize our work to your unique needs so you walk out with a stronger, more beautiful tooth.

Do I Need a Crown?

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Do you have a cracked or broken tooth? 

Like protective armor, a dental crown will strengthen your tooth and shield it from further damage. 

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Do you have a tooth with a large cavity?

When there isn’t enough tooth remaining to use a filling, a dental crown can be used to cover the entire tooth to protect it and restore its appearance. 

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Is your tooth severely worn down?

A dental crown can restore height to the tooth to allow for easier eating and to make the tooth stronger. 

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Is your tooth discolored or oddly shaped?

Crowns are also used in cosmetic dentistry to mask teeth that are unattractive and take away from your smile.

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What else are dental crowns used for?

They are also used after root canal treatment and to replace missing teeth, either in dental bridges or attached to dental implants

Our Compassionate Dentists Are Committed to Excellence 

Dr. Garate and Dr. Falcon believe in forging a long-term commitment with our patients. This is why we invest in state-of-the-art dental technology and our dentists attend continuing education classes every year to ensure we provide patients in National City, Chula Vista, and greater San Diego the most up-to-date dental care.

And, to ensure the widest possible access to great dental care, we have a wide variety of insurance and financing options.

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Perfect Smiles has the two best dentists and most amazing staff I have ever met. Dr Garate and Dr Falcon take such pride in their work while they make you feel so comfortable you forget you are actually at the dentist chair. No matter what work you get done, rest assure you will be happy with the results and will want to come back again. Thank you for all of your outstanding work and care for your patients. Desiree Hallas, Insurance Advisor from San Diego, CA

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I had a great experience with the whole perfect smiles crew and wanted to let everyone know. They were really friendly and always greeted you, they did the job fast and well. Everything turned out awesome. I totally suggest going to them if you need any kind of work. They're amazing!

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Dr. Garate's patients explain why they choose Perfect Smiles California. In these dental patient testimonials, you will hear about an office where patients not only feel welcome and comfortable, but also receive incredible dental care. We would love the chance to show you why we have so many happy patients.

 Will My Crown Look Like My Other Teeth?

Yes! At Perfect Smiles of California, we strive to be, well, perfect. And that means achieving the most natural-looking dental crowns possible. We offer a variety of dental materials, from porcelain to zirconia, for our restorations, carefully selecting the material that is best suited for your situation.

The Art & Science of Selecting Crown Material

Advanced Dental Materials
Offer Beauty & Performance

Porcelain and ceramic are popular materials for dental crowns, but Perfect Smiles California also offers some of the most advanced restoration materials for enhanced beauty and performance. For example, we might recommend BruxZir® Full-Strength Zirconia​ for a back molar due to its incredible strength. If you need a restoration on a front tooth, the beautiful esthetics of a crown made of Ivoclar Vivadent's IPS e.max® Prime Esthetic might be a perfect choice. IPS e.max Prime Esthetic reflects light like natural enamel on a tooth and blends beautifully with surrounding teeth.

Weighing Pros & Cons When
Designing Custom Crowns

How do our advanced dental materials compare to other options? Cheaper resin crowns offer a lifelike appearance, but because resin is a less durable material a resin crown is much more likely to wear down over time. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer more strength, but the metal can show as a dark area near the gumline. While resin crowns might be right for some patients in certain circumstances, they don't combine strength and beauty in the same way as advanced materials.

Take a Look At How Dental Crowns Are Applied

1. The tooth will be reshaped to make room for the crown.  2. Your custom crown is placed over the tooth and secured with dental cement.

The Traditional Dental Crown Procedure What to Expect

We know a visit to the dentist is difficult to fit into your busy day. To better serve our patients' varied needs, our dentists at Perfect Smiles California offer both same-day and traditional dental crowns, which typically take two appointments at our Chula Vista office.

We use the finest materials, including porcelain, zirconia, and IPS e.max crowns.
We use the finest materials, including porcelain, zirconia, and IPS e.max crowns.


The dentist will examine your mouth to determine if a dental crown is the correct dental treatment. If so, the doctor will go over what materials, such as porcelain or zirconia, will be suitable for your procedure. 

First Visit

Damaged or decayed parts of the tooth will be removed and it will be shaped to make room for the crown. Using a Carestream digital scanner, the dentist will then make a 3D digital impression of your tooth so the dental crown can be designed, which typically takes two weeks. We will fit you with a temporary crown to wear until your next visit.

Second Visit

The temporary crown is removed and the dentist will check the fit of the new, permanent crown, adjusting it as needed. Once you are comfortable with the fit and look, the permanent crown will be cemented in place. 

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If a tooth is causing nagging pain or discomfort, which sometimes indicates you need a root canal, turn to the dentists at Perfect Smiles California, which serves Chula Vista, National City, and greater San Diego. Drs. Garate and Falcon will prioritize your care and can design a crown to protect your tooth from further damage.

We combine a comprehensive approach to dentistry with state-of-the-art technology to give our patients healthy, stunning smiles. Find out what we can do for your smile. Request a consultation at our Chula Vista, CA, dental practice by contacting us or by calling:

(619) 656-4199

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I have recommended Perfect Smiles to family and friends and will continue to do it. I have been coming to Perfect Smiles for my dental care for about 5 years and always received friendly and professional service! Thank you Dr. Falcon for taking care of my dental health!

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Dr. Garate and his entire team provide the most excellent patient care. Service from front desk to dental hygiene and doctor care are proficient and delivered with compassion. Educating patients on best care is an added and necessary benefit we all receive in this office! Makes keeping appointments easy!

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Same-Day Crowns Are Available

Same-day dental crowns allow you to complete all of these steps in one visit instead of two. Using our advanced CEREC system, we are able to create a digital impression of your tooth and send that information directly to our milling machine to create a permanent crown while you wait. Among the many advantages of CEREC, it can allow you to receive a root canal from start to finish in just one office visit.

Missing a Tooth?  Restore It With an Implant-Supported Crown

Dental crowns don't just repair teeth: they can replace them, too.

Our dental office in Chula Vista, serving National City and greater San Diego, CA, offers implant-supported crowns that can restore a tooth from root to crown, a feat unmatched by any other tooth-replacement method.

Implants are titanium rods that are placed in the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. When topped with a crown, dental implants not only fill the gap in your smile but they also stimulate bone growth in the jaw to keep it strong.

Implant-supported restorations are the most comprehensive method of restoring lost teeth, and are an excellent dentistry option for qualified candidates. Contact us to learn more or request a free implant consultation.

Dental crown implants

Our dentists at Perfect Smiles California create natural-looking restorations that restore your smile and bite while blending in beautifully with your other teeth.

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How to Care for Your Dental Crown

Permanent crowns do not need any special care. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. And, as with regular teeth, avoid chewing on hard foods or objects, such as ice, pens, and popcorn hulls.

If you are getting a traditional crown there will be a two-week period when you will have a temporary crown placed on your tooth while the permanent one is being created. Because the temporary is held in place with temporary cement, you will want to take a few precautions during the interim.

You will be able to chew food and enjoy meals during this period, however, you should avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or tough, which could cause the temporary crown to fall out. In addition, you should:

  • Floss the area gently and remove the floss by sliding it out sideways. 
  • Brush carefully to keep the area clean but not disturb the temporary crown.
  • In the unlikely event the temporary comes off, please call the dentist to have it glued back in place or a new one created. 

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Love perfect smiles California,The staff are wonderful, The doctors are awesome very welcoming and easy to talk to .I highly recommend them for any dental work.

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My experience was excellent and I wouldn’t change it for nothing in the world. From the opening on the door to the back, it took away all my fears and anxieties. It was like God took me to this place, I just have been extremely happy and satisfied and I would highly recommend.  I’m going on my way home with a Perfect Smile

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Dental Crowns FAQ Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Patient education is important, and we are glad to provide you with all the answers you need to make an informed choice about your care. We look forward to answering all of your questions during your consultation; until then, here are some quick answers to some of the questions our patients ask most often about dental crowns:

How much does a dental crown cost?

Depending on the materials used, you can expect your crown to cost between $850 and $1,300.

Does insurance cover crowns?

It depends on the crown's purpose. Most insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost of a crown that is being used to repair a compromised tooth, but they will not cover a crown placed for cosmetic purposes. You can depend on our staff to work with your insurance provider to secure the best possible coverage.

How long will my dental crown last?

By taking simple measures like brushing twice a day and flossing at least once each day, attending six-month checkups, and wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports, your crown could last well over a decade. Our crowns come with a two-year guarantee, and our technology makes it possible to create a beautiful replacement in a single appointment.

Why would my dentist recommend a crown instead of a porcelain veneer?

Veneers are a very popular and effective cosmetic solution in many cases, but their capabilities are limited. To put it simply, if the cosmetic issues you want to address cannot be concealed by a veneer (which only covers the front surface of a tooth), a crown will probably be a better solution. Fortunately, like veneers, they can be made to look indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

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Great experience! Staff is super friendly and quality of work is great! Just got my braces off from here and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect smile!

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The team at Perfect Smile California

Perfect Smiles California

Our dentists use the latest technology and innovative techniques to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles and optimal oral health. Our doctors are affiliated with professional associations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Diego County Dental Society

To schedule an appointment at our Chula Vista, CA, dental office, contact us online or call (619) 656-4199.

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