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Dental Crowns

When teeth become badly damaged or decayed, they can compromise the health, function, and brightness of your smile.

Dental crowns are custom-made dental restorations designed to fit over the natural tooth structure, providing strength and reinforcement.

Dentist Andrew G. Mortensen offers dental crowns at our Fountain Valley, CA, practice to restore our patients' oral health and appearance.

How Dental Crowns Work

A dental crown is a custom-made cap that covers and protects a damaged tooth to restore its shape, strength, and appearance. Dr. Mortensen will prep your tooth for a traditional dental crown by removing a portion of the existing outer enamel and reshaping the base of the tooth to support a dental crown, as demonstrated here.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

Improved Oral Health

Left untreated, dental damage and decay can severely compromise your oral health, leading to increased discomfort, infection, and even tooth loss. After removing existing decay and damage from your affected tooth, Dr. Mortensen will use a crown to protect the remaining structure.

Enhanced Aesthetics

Modern dental materials, such as porcelain, mimic the color and translucency of natural enamel. As a result, crowns placed by your Fountain Valley dentist are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Because they cover the entire surface of the tooth, these restorations can also mask cosmetic imperfections and improve the look of your smile.

Long-Lasting Solution

Crowns are made with high-quality materials like porcelain and are built to withstand years of chewing. With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns can last a decade or longer. Our dentist will provide detailed instructions to help keep your restoration looking and feeling great for as long as possible. 

Real Patients Real Results

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Before This patient was unhappy with the appearance of his discolored and uneven front teeth.
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After Dental crowns gave this patient a more symmetrical and attractive smile.

Find Out if a Crown Is Right for You ​Request Your Consultation Today

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or sensitivity due to a damaged tooth, schedule a visit with our Fountain Valley dentist today. Dr. Mortensen has over 30 years of experience practicing dentistry and is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society

Dr. Mortensen also trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and he incorporates their philosophy of ideal function and aesthetics into each of his dental restorations. Whether you need root canal treatmentbridges, or cosmetic dentistrywe can help. Request a consultation at our Fountain Valley, CA, practice by contacting us online or calling our office: 

(714) 964-4183

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Dr. Mortensen will examine every aspect of your smile to create a custom crown that looks and feels natural.

"Dr. Mortensen is the best dentist I have ever had." Read Our 5-Star Reviews


Gail Lehman

Fountain Valley, CA


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I have been seeing Dr. Mortensen since 1998. Wow! has it been that long?! He and his staff are the best.....and the reason why my teeth are so sparkly and my mouth is so healthy. Thank you, Dr. M.!

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R jacobson

Fountain Valley, CA


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Dr Mortensen is the best dentist I have ever had. If you have ever had any dentist phobia, they will do what ever they can to make your experience better.

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Types of Dental Crowns

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Temporary Crowns

Temporary crowns are used to cover your tooth after it has been resized in preparation for your permanent crown. Dr. Mortensen provides temporary crowns to patients who are waiting for their permanent restorations to be fabricated by our trusted lab.

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Permanent Crowns

Unlike temporary crowns, permanent crowns are designed to stay in place for the next decade or longer. Dr. Mortensen will design your custom restoration to match the color, texture, and translucency of your surrounding teeth.

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Implant-Supported Crowns

Our Fountain Valley, CA, dentist also offers implant-supported crowns for patients with missing teeth. Implant-supported crowns are attached to dental implants. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and can help prevent the bone loss that typically occurs when you lose a tooth.

Why Choose Dr. Mortensen For Your Porcelain Crown Treatment?

Compassionate Care

Dr. Mortensen can provide you with treatment in an environment that is inviting and comfortable. He prides himself on being a dentist whom patients trust. Even his office staff is friendly and approachable. You'll never feel judged when you walk through his doors in Fountain Valley, regardless of the state of your mouth.

Commitment to Education

Dr. Mortensen's commitment to continuing education has resulted in training with a variety of institutions, including the world-famous Las Vegas Institute. This education has advanced his skillset and given him the knowledge necessary to use the latest techniques in the field.

Range of Care

Dr. Mortensen can perform a range of general, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. After addressing your structural concerns with a porcelain crown, you can explore additional treatment options and general care to maintain a healthy and attractive smile.

Eye for Aesthetics

Dr. Mortensen specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has trained with some of the country's most renowned cosmetic dentists. You can rest assured his eye for detail results in dental crowns that are gorgeous and lifelike.

Paying for Treatment

Our Fountain Valley practice aims to minimize financial barriers so patients can receive the care they need. We do everything we can to make treatment more affordable.

Insurance Plans

When used for restorative treatment, insurance will often contribute to the cost of a dental crown. We accept most insurances to make treatment as affordable as possible.

Financing Options

If you're receiving a crown for cosmetic purposes, or if you have out-of-pocket costs, we offer flexible financing options to make the cost of treatment more manageable.

Are You Ready to Get Started? Contact Us Today

Dr. Mortensen has been practicing dentistry since 1979. He has years of experience guiding patients through their treatments and providing them with comfortable care. He can coordinate your treatment and answer any questions you may have throughout.

If you think you could benefit from receiving a lifelike crown made from dental porcelain, we invite you to fill out our contact form or call our Fountain Valley office:

(714) 964-4183

"Best dental professional and staff in OC." We've Earned Hundreds of 5-Star Reviews


Marie Mortensen

Fountain Valley, CA


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Great team, great environment, always a great experience. Everyone is professional, knowledgeable and great people!

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Mike Dickson

Fountain Valley, CA


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Best dental professional and staff in OC. Been a patient for 12-13 years. Never had a bad experience. Highly recommended.

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Treatment Timeline

Before beginning your treatment, we will assess your oral health using our advanced 3D digital X-ray and cone beam computed tomography technology. We will carefully assess your images to ensure that your affected teeth are structurally strong enough to support dental crowns.

In most cases, dental crown placement can be completed in two office visits. Here are the basic steps you can expect during treatment:

Our crowns can be designed and placed in just two appointments.
Our crowns can be designed and placed in just two appointments.

Tooth Preparation

First, our Fountain Valley, CA, dentist must remove damage and reshape the tooth. This helps your new restoration fit just right. Dr. Mortensen uses conservative methods to leave as much healthy tissue intact as possible. If you have sensitive teeth or dental anxiety, we can provide oral conscious sedation to help you relax during this step.

Dental Impressions

Once the tooth is prepared, our team takes 3D digital impressions using advanced CBCT technology. These are then sent to our dental lab partner, where they will be used to create your custom dental crown. Our dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until you receive your permanent restoration.


A skilled ceramist crafts your custom dental crown according to the size, color, and shape recommended by your Fountain Valley, CA, dentist. This process usually takes about two to three weeks.


When your permanent crown is complete, the lab will ship it to our office. You will be scheduled for a second appointment, during which Dr. Mortensen will bond it into place. He will assess the fit and check your bite to ensure proper function.

Do You Have an Old Crown? We Can Replace It!

When a crown is taken care of properly, it can last for a decade or longer, but it will have to be replaced eventually. If you want to replace an old, worn, or discolored crown, our dentist can provide you with a new restoration that balances out your smile and strengthens your bite.

Restore Your Smile Request a Consultation

Dental crowns are an effective dentistry procedure to improve your oral health and restore the look of your smile. Protect your dental health and smile with confidence by undergoing dental crown treatment at our Fountain Valley, CA, dentistry practice. Call or contact us for a consultation and see if crowns are the right choice for your dental needs:

(714) 964-4183

More Refreshing Reviews From Fountain Valley, CA, Patients


Judith Roseberry

Fountain Valley, CA


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Like family care. Excellent skilled dentist and technicians.

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Kevin Black

Fountain Valley, CA


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Erica is always a pleasure to work with!

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Alternative Solutions for Damage and Decay

Our dentist in Fountain Valley will determine if a crown is the best treatment option for you during a consultation; however, he may decide you're a better candidate for a different treatment, such as:


If your decay isn't severe, our dentist can remove it and repair your tooth with a dental filling. This is a conservative solution that will preserve healthy tooth enamel and other tissue.

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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are stronger than fillings and can cover a larger area of the tooth. They are a more conservative treatment option than porcelain crowns, but can address some of the same concerns without removing as much tooth enamel and other tissue.

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If you're missing a tooth, but don't want to undergo surgery for dental implant placement, our dentist can crown the teeth on each side of the missing tooth and provide you with a bridge to fill the gap in your smile.

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If you have widespread tooth loss, partial or full dentures can restore your smile more effectively than a bridge or crown.

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Incorporate Dental Crowns in Your Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedure 

Dental crowns are a popular treatment for patients to add into their full mouth reconstruction procedure. See how dental crowns were added to this patient's full mouth reconstruction:
This patient, Betty, had two crowns placed on her front teeth to close the gap between her teeth and create an overall more aesthetically pleasing smile. Thanks to the crowns, Betty's front teeth matched in color, size, and shape, which made her love her smile after treatment.  

We Have the Solution You Need Request Your Consultation in Fountain Valley

Dr. Mortensen is proud to offer a range of cosmetic and restorative services to the residents of Southern California. If you have cosmetic or structural concerns, he has a solution that can help. Request a consultation using our form or call (714) 964-4183.

"I put my full trust in them." Our Fountain Valley, CA, Patients Thank Us


Lesli Bonanni


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Dr. Mortensen and his staff are incredible! I have been going here for years. I simply won’t go anywhere else. The level of professionalism, knowledge and expertise, courtesy and friendliness is off the charts! Can one actually enjoy going to the dentist? I do!

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Joyce Allen


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I saw Dr Mortenson today with his stuff and I have to say I have truly never met a better group of people for the office staff is all amazing and friendly and kind and Dr Mortenson himself makes you feel like you’ve known him forever and he’s very wise. I put my full trust in them and I’m so looking forward to To having the rest of my dental work done.

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Dental Crown FAQs

How long do dental crowns last?

On average, dental crowns last about five to 15 years. The lifetime of a traditional dental crown can vary based on a variety of factors like the chosen material, how well the crown is taken care of, and other variables both inside and outside of your control.

Are dental crowns worth it?

If you care about maintaining your natural tooth's structure, dental crowns are an ideal treatment. After dental trauma or decay have left your tooth harmed, a crown can make it look and work as good as new. In many cases, patients can avoid extracting a damaged but otherwise healthy tooth. 

Do dental crowns hurt?

The process of placing a dental crown is virtually painless thanks to local anesthesia that numbs the area for crown placement. We also offer oral conscious sedation to help your mind and body relax for the procedure. Lastly, we ensure your crown fits with utmost comfort before we cement it in place.

Can a tooth rot under a crown?

Yes, there is a chance the structure of your tooth can experience decay underneath your crown. You can greatly reduce the chance of decay building up under your crown by selecting a dentist like Dr. Mortensen who ensures the crown is fitted properly, leaving no gaps or openings between the crown and natural tooth for bacteria to seep in. You can also reduce this risk by continuing to brush and floss your teeth and regularly visit the dentist. 

Andrew G. Mortensen, DDS

Andrew G. Mortensen, DDS

Dr. Andrew Mortensen is a top-rated dentist with training from the world-famous Las Vegas Institute. His exceptional care and expertise have earned him hundreds of 5-star reviews, and he is an accredited member of the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society 

Ready to schedule a consultation at our Huntington Beach dental practice? Request an appointment online or call us at (714) 964-4183.

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"I am proud to have served patients in our community. Through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment, we are able to offer you and your family the high level of care you're looking for." Andrew G. Mortensen, D.D.S.

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