Crowns Can Give You Your Confidence Back

No matter which crown option you choose, you're going to look and feel great again!

We Offer Two Types of Crowns

A  tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over your tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance.

Metal & Porcelain Crown

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are often used to restore teeth that are severely damaged or decayed. A PFM crown is a cap cemented over a natural tooth to protect it from damage or further decay.

Crown Zirconia

Zirconia crowns are a very durable type of metal that’s related to titanium, although it’s categorized as a type of ceramic crown. Both porcelain and zirconia are custom-made to look very natural.

The Pro's & Cons of Metal & Porcelain Crowns 


  • The metal is strong & durable
  • Aesthetic and resistant due to its metal frame
  • The ceramic shell will be the same color as your teeth
  • The cost is lower than the all ceramic (Zirconia) crown


  • If your gums recede you may see the metal


Both types of crowns will be great. They are simply a personal preference.  And the metal may make then a slight bit stronger, with the only downside is the metal may show as gums naturally recede.

The Pro's & Cons of Zirconia Crown

Either crown is good, it's simply a personal preference based on cost, longevity, and aesthetics.


  • The ceramic frame is strong and durable
  • The ceramic shell will be the same color as your teeth
  • All ceramic is the prettiest and most cosmetic option  


  • The cost's a bit more than metal & porcelain crowns  


Once again, bot options are good.  The all ceramic option is used for aesthetic value, as the entire tooth area is the same color, as your gums might recede, the look of the tooth with be the same.  A pretty color that matches your teeth.


Crown with Metal & Porcelain

Metal & Porcelain Crowns

Zirconian Crown

Zirconia Crowns (all porcelain)

In all fairness, the color for both types of crowns could be identical.  We are pointing out the very slight hint of metal between the top of teeth at the gum-line.  This is how it could look if your gum line recedes.

You can see the tooth shade is consistent at the gum line.  If you're cosmetically conscience, many prefer Zirconia Crowns. No worries if your gums recede, the color at the gum-line will remain the same.

Our Process for Crowns

  • Dr. Dennis will usually prepare the tooth by removing a layer of the outer surface of the tooth as the crown will be the same thickness as the thickness of the layer removed.
  • She makes a mold of your tooth and sends it to her lab technician to prepare the crown.
  • We match the crown color with your natural teeth so they blend in nicely; this is why we recommend having your teeth whitened during your evaluation.
  • Dr. Dennis will make you a temporary crown to get you by until your permanent crown is ready.
  • In two days when your permanent crown is completed, you’ll come back so Dr. Dennis may put it in place with dental cement or adhesive.

Common Questions About Crowns

How long will my crown take?

Prepping your crown takes about 1 hour; we prep the area, make room for your crown, then take an impression, and create a temporary crown for you to wear.  Your permanent crown takes two days to deliver, and will be put in place on your next appointment.  You'll have time to shop or relax poolside!

Is getting a crown in painful?

Getting a crown is not a painful experience; thanks to anesthetics and sedation!  Most patients experience mild irritation after the medication wears off;  a little Ibuprofen is all that's needed. The benefits far outweigh any temporary discomfort.

Can I eat after my crown is in?

Yes, we recommend that you wait until the numbness subsides, usually 1-2 hours after your procedure. 

How long does a crown usually last?

On average, a porcelain crown may last 5 - 20 years. But the longevity of a full porcelain crown is determined by your personal lifestyles and habits. Other factors such as personal hygiene could cause earlier damage/breakage, or the material a crown is made of can effect the length of time a crown lasts.

What material is a crown made of?

There are various types of crowns: metal & porcelain combined, zirconia, gold, porcelain, or metal. 

Can my crown break? 

Due to the strength of crowns, they typically won't break on their own, even though normal wear and tear over many years can wear them down. Things that may break them: getting hit in the mouth with a hard object, severe teeth grinding or biting down on a hard items could chip or break a crown.

What kind of crown do you recommend? 

Porcelain crowns are the prettiest and look more like your real teeth.  Some people prefer to have all their crowns be porcelain; and some would rather not have metal in their mouth.

When Would I Need A Dental Crown?

You may need a crown if you have broken fillings, a fractured tooth, a chip, or sensitive teeth. Crowns are also used to restore your natural appearance if your teeth have become dispositioned, discolored, damaged, or you have missing teeth. If you have difficulty chewing, or you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look or feel, these are all good reasons for a dental crown.  You would enjoy the benefit of a confident and beautiful smile.

How many visits to install my crown?

It takes a total of 3 days, not matter how many crowns you need. 1st day to prep, 2nd to create new crowns, 3rd day to set in place. The day in between you may go shopping or sip margarita's by the pool.

How much does a dental crown cost?

The prices vary depending on the type of crown.
In the U.S.: Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost $500-$1,500. Gold crowns can range between $600-$2,500. All-porcelain crowns can range between $800-$3,000. Although, with Dr. Dennis in Mexico, the cost range is 1/5 to 1/6 of these.


My husband needed a root canal and crown. Dr. Dennis was recommended by friends from our church. My usual dentist had been telling me that I was over brushing and my roots were going to be exposed.  So, while my husband was having his procedures done; I asked for my teeth to be cleaned.  At the recommendation of the doctor, I put crowns on several teeth because the roots were getting close to being exposed.  I am very pleased with the results. Dr. Dennis explains the procedures she will do, goes over the x-rays with you and is very gentle.  We each saved over a thousand dollars by going to her.  We drove to Mexico and felt very safe in Algodones. It is a fun place to visit, even if you don't go for dentistry. The clinic is very clean, the team is warm, friendly, and helpful. We highly recommend Dr. Dennis to all our friends.

II had a cracked tooth Dr. Dennis said I needed to get a crown. I drove my car there. My tooth is fine now.  Even the other one that I got a crown on a couple of years ago is good. I have always been afraid to go to the dentist. She was very caring and made sure I was okay. Now I think I could have her fix anything that needs to be done without being a big baby.  Compared to what I would pay up in Canada, YES I saved!  It was very comfortable, clean, friendly, and I recommended her to friends and family.  Wonderful!  Yuma, AZ

An upper molar with a recently broken filling was causing discomfort and difficult to chew food.  Dr. Dennis recommended two new crowns, and now they look and feel great and my confidence level is high.  I had a great experience; she gets right to the point and explains the most favorable solutions. We felt safe and very comfortable; it's a very friendly community with great outdoor shopping and cantina’s serving good food and drink with live music.  Her clinic is absolutely clean, professional from a young and friendly staff.  Margot manages the office and a comfortable waiting room. Dr. Dennis has a highly trained team with capable assistants to take care of a variety of needs.  I drove there from Walla Walla, WA.

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An evaluation includes x-rays and a complete dental examination by Dr. Dennis.