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Dental Crowns

Damaged or decayed teeth are unhealthy and can cause serious discomfort. They also make it difficult to chew and speak.

Dental crowns cover a damaged tooth, restoring health to your smile. Crowns look so realistic they even have cosmetic applications.

Learn why people in San Diego, CA, trust Dr. Daniel Stragier of Balboa Dental Care for their crowns...

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"I've been with Dr. Stragier for 20+ years and will never leave him." A San Diego Dentist That Patients Trust


John Lynn


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I've been with Dr. Stragier for 20+ years and will never leave him. His staff is the awesome! The office is always meticulously clean, and he has the absolute best bedside manners. "Brace" yourself for an exceptional day in the chair.

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Clean office, courteous and friendly staff. Your dental experience will be a pleasant one.

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The Cost of Dental Crowns

Dental crown treatment typically costs between $1,200 and $2,000. Costs can vary based on the material used for the crown and the severity of the tooth damage that has to be treated. Dr. Stragier regularly reviews the prices of other dentists in the San Diego area to ensure that our prices remain competitive yet affordable.

Balboa Dental Care works with most dental insurance providers and offers payment plans for major work, including plans with zero-percent financing for 12 months. We try our best to make sure that cost never stands between our patients and the dental treatments they need.

An Update on a Time-Tested Solution

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Dental crowns have been in use in dentistry for decades. Thanks to advanced materials, the crowns Dr. Stragier provides are incredibly strong and look completely natural.

Zirconium Crowns Durable and Beautiful Restorations

Stronger Than Traditional Porcelain

Tooth-colored crowns were often crafted from porcelain, but advances in materials have resulted in zirconium and lithium disilicate crowns. We use zirconium almost exclusively when crafting custom crowns. At the moment, zirconium is the strongest non-metallic restoration material.

Results Look Like Natural Teeth

Zirconium is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Dr. Stragier will take extra time at no additional charge to ensure your crowns are color matched to your front teeth. This means extremely strong restorations that look pristine and perfect.

Want to Learn More about Dental Crowns? Contact Balboa Dental Care

If you are in need of a crown, Balboa Dental Care is here to help you. Our friendly dentistry practice has been helping patients in the greater San Diego area for over 30 years.

Dr. Stragier is a compassionate dentist who focuses on the individual needs, concerns, and goals of each patient. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The San Diego Implant Study Club

To schedule a free consultation, contact Balboa Dental Care online or call our office at:

(858) 541-1844

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How a Dental Crown Works The Basics and the Benefits

A dental crown is a strong cap that is placed onto a tooth that is structurally compromised by cavities or fractures. The restoration is crafted so that it resembles natural teeth. Whether made of metal or tooth-colored materials like zirconium and lithium disilicate, crowns serve a few basic functions:

Protecting a Tooth

While compromised tooth structure is removed to place a crown, the dentist leaves a good portion of the healthy tooth. This remaining tooth structure is what the crown covers. Crowns prevent teeth from needing to be extracted and protect compromised teeth from further harm.

Relieving Pain

Severely damaged teeth are often sensitive or painful. The acute tooth sensitivity is usually triggered by hot and cold temperatures or pressure from biting and chewing. A dental crown relieves tooth sensitivity, allowing patients to eat, drink, and speak comfortably.

Restoring Function

In addition to being painful, fractured teeth are at risk of experiencing further damage. People often avoid biting or chewing with a fractured tooth. By placing a durable crown on a damaged tooth, a dentist can restore bite strength and your ability to eat solid, nutritious foods.

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The staff is awesome!!! They’re all so friendly, welcoming, and have a great sense of humor! They run on time, and Dr.Straiger is just has friendly and fun as the rest of them. I’ve been a patient of his for 15 years and highly recommended him to trust in the care of your precious teeth!!!

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Erika Geracsekova


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I have been a patient of Dr. Stragier for more than 20 years. I have always received, friendly courteous treatment. Highly recommend this practice.

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Other Dental Crown Applications

Crowns and Cosmetic Dentistry

While crowns are typically considered a restorative procedure, they are also used in cosmetic dentistry. Damaged teeth can be strengthened with zirconium, porcelain, or other tooth-colored materials. If you have a tooth that is small or unevenly shaped, a crown can be placed on the flawed tooth to achieve better overall symmetry. These restorations can also be used as a sturdier alternative to porcelain veneers. An aesthetic crown can cover an intrinsically stained tooth that cannot be bleached with teeth whitening.

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Crowns and Root Canals

Caused by untreated tooth decay and fractures, a root canal infection occurs when oral bacteria reaches the soft tissue (dental pulp) located within a tooth. An abscess may form and the infection could spread to other parts of the mouth. Rather than extracting infected teeth, a dentist may recommend a root canal. The root canal procedure involves the removal of diseased pulp from infected teeth and the sterilization of the pulp chamber. The chamber is then filled with an inert material. A crown is used to cap the treated tooth.

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Crowns and Dental Implants

If you are missing a single tooth or individual teeth in different parts of the mouth, Dr. Stragier may recommend dental implants. These artificial tooth roots are surgically embedded into the jaw. Over time, the implants fuse with the bone. This process is known as osseointegration, and it takes several months to complete. When the implant site has healed, the post can support a dental crown. The crown fills the gap and blends in with your natural teeth. The stability of an implant-supported crown cannot be matched by traditional bridgework.

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Find Out If Dental Crowns Are Right for You Contact Dr. Daniel Stragier

Dental crowns have numerous benefits for people who have severely decayed or damaged teeth. They may be just what you need to rehabilitate your oral health. To speak with Dr. Stragier about dental crowns, message our team or call our office in San Diego at:

(858) 541-1844

Dental Crown Timeline

All consultations at Balboa Dental Care are free of charge.
All consultations at Balboa Dental Care are free of charge.


All consultations at Balboa Dental Care are free of charge. During this initial appointment at our practice, Dr. Stragier can determine if your damaged tooth needs a dental crown, or if another type of restoration would be better for your needs.

Tooth Preparation

If Dr. Stragier determines that you are a good candidate, the first step is the preparation of the damaged tooth. Damaged or decayed portions of the tooth will be removed, and the remaining tooth structure will be reshaped to create a base for the crown. The finished crown will cap the prepared tooth.

Crown Preparation

The dentist will take an impression of your teeth that will be used to design your custom-made crown. Our custom crowns are made of strong materials like zirconium at a lab. The crown may take up to two weeks to be completed.

Temporary Crown

While waiting for the permanent crown to be finished, a temporary crown is placed to protect the prepared tooth. Avoid sticky foods, and try to chew on the side of your mouth that's opposite the temporary crown.

Crown Placement

Once your new crown is completed, you will return to our San Diego office to have the finished crown attached to your prepped tooth. Your temporary crown will be removed. With the temporary crown gone, your permanent crown will then be secured to the tooth with dental cement.


There is no recovery time involved once your temporary crown has been removed and your final restoration is placed. You may experience mild tooth sensitivity, but this should subside after a few days. Enjoy your improved bite and smile!

Sedation Dentistry Can Eliminate Anxiety A Comforting Experience at the Dentist's Office

If you suffer from anxiety about dental visits and are nervous about getting a crown, our team can put you at ease. We offer different levels of sedation, which can help patients achieve a relaxed state.

Thanks to these sedation methods, you'll be able to undergo the treatment you need without any fear or stress. It's one of many things we do to make each visit a comforting and welcoming experience.

"I would not go anywhere else." A San Diego Dentist with a Loyal Patient Base


Bob Bellanca


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I've been seeing Dr. Stragier for about 10 years after striking out from my old dentist who wasn't giving me the right advice. I have never regretted it ever since. They are all good, friendly people, and I trust Dr. Stragier's advice implicitly. He has never steered me wrong in all the time I've been going to him.

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Jeff Styers


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I think I was one of his first patients and have remained one for over 20 years. He is smart, gentle, and seems always to have the patient's best interest in mind. His loyal staff (they have remained the same for the past 20 years) are also very smart and caring. I now have to travel a bit to see Dr. Stragier, but I would not go anywhere else.

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Balboa Dental Care Healthy Teeth for a Lifetime

For over 30 years, Dr. Daniel Stragier at Balboa Dental Care has provided patients with comprehensive, personalized service. Our office uses state-of-the-art technology, and Dr. Stragier holds membership in:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • San Diego Implant Study Club

Contact us online or call our office at (858) 541-1844 to schedule an appointment today!

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