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What is a Prosthodontist?

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants

Posted on June, 2 2021 by Dr Gerald M. Marlin, DMD, MSD

prosthodontist is a restorative dentistry specialist. Prosthodontists have extensive training in all aspects of dental restoration, making them the best equipped dental professionals to handle issues related to missing or compromised teeth. They also specialize in restoring jaw structures and treating temporomandibular joint disorders.

Prosthodontists are experienced providers of many services, including:

While other dentists may offer similar treatments, prosthodontists have dedicated themselves to these areas of care. They are trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures that allow them to achieve optimal function and aesthetics for their patients.

Prosthodontists must complete at least three years of advanced training and education after graduating from dental school. Other dentists frequently refer complex cases to prosthodontists because they have received this additional training. Referral situations may include fixing failing dental restorations or problems with a previous procedure. Often, prosthodontists are also called on to develop alternative treatment plans for patients who were advised to take extreme measures elsewhere.

There are many reasons to choose a prosthodontist for your dental care. These specialists are uniquely skilled to help you achieve excellent oral health and a stunning smile. A prosthodontist can help you find effective and long-lasting solutions for discomfort, cosmetic imperfections, and severe dental problems.

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Dr. Gerald Marlin received his DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree from Boston University in Prosthodontics. He is a leader in the field, having inserted and restored over 3,000 dental implants. Not only does he hold patents in implant technology, be he is also an industry-recognized speaker and lecturer.

Call 202-244-2101 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marlin today. Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. serves patients from Washington D.C., Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Arlington, and nearby areas of Maryland and Virginia as well as those who travel to our practice from out-of-state or out-of-country. Downtown-area patients can easily reach us at the start or end of their workday thanks to our convenient location near the Friendship Heights Metro Station.

What Is A Prosthodontist?

What is a Prosthodontist?

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Nine specialties are recognized by the American Dental Association in the United States: orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral and maxillofacial pathology, endodontics, public health dentistry, oral and maxillofacial radiology, and prosthodontics.

Elite Prosthetic Dentistry’s founder, Dr. Gerald Marlin, is a highly accomplished prosthodontist. But what exactly is a prosthodontist, and what do they do? 

Prosthodontists keep teeth looking their best while giving people beautiful smiles and fixing complex dental issues. Prosthodontics focuses on restoring and maintaining oral function, appearance, comfort, and health by replacing missing teeth and adjacent tissues with artificial substitutes, or prostheses, such as:

A highly trained prosthodontist and cosmetic dentist can consistently deliver high-quality and long-lasting results.

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What Does it Take to Become a Prosthodontist?

Achieving the title of prosthodontist requires first obtaining a DMD or DDS degree, which takes about four years, followed by an additional three years of specialty training with either a certificate of advanced training or an MS degree in prosthodontics. This can only be achieved after three or four years of college following a pre-dental education. In all, the process takes ten or eleven years at a minimum. The prospective prosthodontist must complete this specialized training at an ADA-accredited prosthodontic education program.

What is the Difference Between a Prosthodontist and a Dentist?

There are many good General Dentists providing beneficial service to their patients. We know. Many of them refer patients to us because special issues require specialists.

While general dentists and prosthodontists both provide valuable services to their patients, there are some key distinctions between the two.  

The most significant difference between a general dentist and a prosthodontist is that a prosthodontist specializes in replacing and repairing teeth (via implants, crowns, etc.) and restoring your oral health and function throughout your entire mouth. Conversely, general dentists concentrate on routine dental care, which may also involve other types of repairs (fillings, gum care, root canals, etc.). 

If you require implant, cosmetic or advanced tooth replacement, it’s best to seek the advice and services of a prosthodontist who will ensure that you get efficient, top-quality treatment that matches your exact needs and produces beautiful, long-term solutions for your smile. Dr. Marlin often works very closely with general dentists who refer patients to him for his renowned expertise with complex tooth replacements.

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How Do I Choose the Right Prosthodontist?

As you search for a prosthodontist near me, you should keep an eye out for several key attributes:

Does the prosthodontist list their background? Be sure to investigate their website profile for details about their education, certifications, etc. If they do not list their experience, you should ask yourself why.

Does the doctor have positive online reviews? If most of the prosthodontist’s reviews are positive, this is a good indication that you are making the right choice. 

Does the prosthodontist have a robust before and after photo gallery on their website? If so, this can be a great way to review the quality and aesthetics of their actual work for yourself.

Is this person someone you could trust and get along with? Have they been in business for a long time? If they have been in practice for many years and have many positive reviews, this is a good sign that they are qualified and compassionate.

Has the prosthodontist been recognized for their work? If so, what is the recognition for? Awards and recognitions can signify this person’s ongoing dedication to the highest levels of care and excellence in their field. 

Ready to Partner with the Best Prosthodontist in Washington DC?

Award-winning prosthodontist Dr. Gerald Marlin has long been regarded as one of the top prosthodontists in the Washington DC metro area, proudly serving patients from Arlington, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and even from far across the country. He is renowned in the industry for his outstanding dental work, contributions, patents, as well as his compassionate dedication to his many valued patients. 

Elite Prosthetic Dentistry is a leader in the industry for offering the best prosthetic dentistry services, including state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, crowns that last for over 35 years, a technologically advanced in-house laboratory, advanced technology, and much more. You can learn more about our practice’s services, philosophy, and more by visiting our Who We Are and Why Us pages. 

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Marlin’s background, contributions, accolades, etc., please visit his bio page. You can also contact Dr. Marlin’s team online to schedule a consultation with Elite Prosthetic Dentistry today! Our team of experts looks forward to helping your smile shine.