Lansdowne Family & Cosmetic Dentistry -  - General Dentist

Paul Ellington, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lansdowne, VA

Crowns Specialist

All-porcelain dental crowns help men and women improve the aesthetics of their smiles as well as strengthen and protect individual teeth. At Lansdowne Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Paul Ellington combines state-of-the-art technology, including digital radiology (digital X-rays), with an artistic eye to create crowns that are as beautiful as they are durable and comfortable. If you’re considering a crown, call our Lansdowne, Virginia, office or use our online system to schedule an office visit and learn more.

Crowns Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are durable, tooth-colored covers designed to surround the entire visible portion of a tooth. At Lansdowne Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ellington uses all-porcelain crowns made of the highest-quality material for optimal strength and beautiful, natural-looking results. Porcelain retains many of the same characteristics and translucent appearance of natural tooth material, allowing it to blend in perfectly.

When are crowns used?

Crowns are quite versatile and can be used to:

  • Hide unattractive dark fillings
  • Strengthen teeth that are weakened by decay or other damage
  • Improve the appearance and function of teeth that are badly worn
  • Protect teeth used to support a crown
  • Strengthen teeth that have been treated with a root canal
  • Restore broken teeth

How is a crown applied?

Usually, Dr. Ellington can apply your crown in just two office visits. At the first visit, he prepares the tooth for the crown by removing and filling decayed areas and performing any other restorative work to the structure of the tooth. Then, he shapes the tooth, removing a small amount of the tooth surface material to make room for the crown. This step is essential for ensuring the crown fits comfortably without causing crowding.

Next, he takes an impression of the tooth to serve as a model for the crown. He sends the impression to a dental lab that specializes in restoration fabrication using state-of-the-art technology.

Finally, he applies a temporary crown to the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is made. Most crowns are ready in about two weeks. At the second appointment, Dr. Ellington removes the temporary crown and carefully fits and adjusts the permanent crown so it’s comfortable.

Do crowns need special care?

No, you care for your crown like your other teeth with brushing and flossing. During your regular checkups and cleanings, Dr. Ellington checks the crown to ensure it remains in good shape and securely attached to your tooth.

Can a crown be whitened?

All-porcelain crowns are extremely resistant to stains and discoloration, and that means they’re also resistant to whitening solutions. If your crown does become discolored, it needs to be replaced. Many men and women opt to have their teeth whitened before having a crown placed to ensure the crown matches their teeth at their whitest.


If you have any questions regarding insurance providers, please call our office.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Words from our patients

  • "Convenient location. Very friendly and polite staff. Only had couple visits for cleaning and minor work done, I am generally happy with the services I received."

    Memie S.
  • "Very thorough cleanings and check-ups. Staff is very congenial."

    Peggy M.
  • "The staff is efficient and friendly, the hygienist is absolutely the best and most dedicated I have ever seen and Dr. Ellington is friendly and kind."

    Margaret W.
  • "I have received professional, friendly care for 6+ years from Dr. Ellington and staff. I would recommend Lansdowne Family and Cosmetic to all."

    James P.
  • "Lansdowne Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provides truly outstanding dental service from cleanings to more detailed dental procedures if necessary."

    Mark S.
  • "Happily, it was just a check-up and cleaning. Nilo did her usual thorough and excellent job. Very clear as to what she was doing."

    Rodney J.
  • "I have been a patient of the practice for 5 years and would recommend it to anyone looking for skilled service. I appreciate that the staff is caring and professional."

    Les D.
  • "Dr. Ellington and his entire staff are excellent! They feel like family."

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  • "Joyce does an excellent job of cleaning teeth. She makes you feel very comfortable in the chair."

    Jim M.
  • "Dr. Ellington and Joyce and the entire office staff are the best!!! I can not say enough good things about this practice. "

    Maura W.
  • "I would rate Lansdowne Family and Cosmetics as the best ever. Been serviced by this office more than 10 yrs, and I love not only the service but the staff as well."

    Hashim K.
  • "The staff and Dr are always friendly and professional. Niloo does a great job with cleaning."

    Ann G.
  • "Staff is amazing! We have been coming for almost ten years. I used to go to Dr. Lee when I was little. The staff has always been amazing."

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Lansdowne Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
44115 Woodridge Parkway, Suite 280
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Phone: 571-418-7219
Fax: 703-858-7001
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