About Your Dentist

John Cranham, DDS

Dr. John Cranham is a highly respected and renowned Dentist in Chesapeake, Virginia. At his state-of-the-art office, within a general practice setting, he focuses on Cosmetic-Esthetic dentistry, Implant dentistry, TMJ/Facial Pain and solving complex problems with an interdisciplinary focus. He uses his vast experience and knowledge to create healthy, long lasting, comfortable, and natural-looking smiles.

He is an honors graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. He served the school as a part time clinical instructor from 1991-1998 earning the student given part time faculty of the year twice during his stint at the university. After studying from the greats in occlusion (Pete Dawson & The Pankey Institute) and Cosmetic Dentistry (Nash, Dickerson, Hornbrook, Rosenthal, Spear, Kois) during the 1990’s, Dr. Cranham created a lecture in 1997 called The Cosmetic Occlusal Connection. This one-day lecture kept him very busy traveling the world, presenting his workflows on these seemingly diametrically opposed ideas. In 2001 he created Cranham Dental Seminars which provided, both lecture, and intensive hands-on opportunities to learn.

In 2004 he began lecturing at The Dawson Academy, a world-famous teaching institute based in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his mentor Pete Dawson. This led to the merging of Cranham Dental Seminars with The Dawson Academy in 2007. He became a 1/3 partner and its acting Clinical Director. He held that position until September 2020.

During his 25 years as an educator, he became one of the most sought-after speakers in dentistry. To date he has presented over 1500 full days of continuing education all over the world. Today his focus is on integrating sound occlusal, esthetic, and sound restorative principles into efficient digital workflows, and ultimately coaching doctors on how to integrate them into their practices. He does this under the new umbrella of Cranham Clinical Coaching.

Dr. Cranham has published numerous articles on restorative dentistry and in 2018 released a book The Complete Dentist he co-authored with his mentor, Pete Dawson. Additionally, He serves as a key opinion leader and on advisory boards with numerous dental companies. In 2020 he published a book entitled “The Cornell Effect-A Families Journey Toward Happiness, Fulfillment and Peace”. It is an up from the ashes story about his adopted son, who overcame incredible odds, and ultimately inspired the entire family to be better. Of all the things he has done, he believes getting this story down on paper is having the greatest impact.

Kaitlyn Cranham, DMD

"A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear."

My Mission

“My mission as a dentist is to save teeth, restore function, and ease pain. I want to make sure that every patient leaves our office smiling with newfound pride and confidence.”


University of Louisville School of Dentistry – Louisville, KYDoctorate of Dental Medicine

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Blacksburg, VABachelor of Science

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Cranham is committed to pursuing opportunities for continuing education and advanced training in order to provide her patients with the most up-to-date technology, techniques, and treatments in dentistry.  She routinely participates in organizations and activities that promote professional development, including the American Student Dental Association.

Life & Hobbies

In her free time, Dr. Cranham enjoys spending time with friends and family. She especially loves being on the lake in the summer, reading good books, cooking new recipes, and finding new cozy coffee shops.