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Gerald Marlin, DMD, MSD

Dr. Gerald Marlin

Meet Gerald M. Marlin, DMD, MSD

Get to Know DC & Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Leading Prosthodontist

Since the time that he established his practice, Dr. Gerald Marlin has maintained “an unwavering dedication to excellence.” Through this commitment, Dr. Marlin provides his patients with long-lasting, optimally aesthetic restorations that have virtually no future problems. 

As such, he is a leading specialist in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in the Washington DC Metro Area. Dr. Marlin pioneered the technique for creating custom, anatomic implant abutments that have a full emergence profile (see patents below), regardless of how the implants were inserted. 

He brings expertise, dedication, and long-term, top-quality results to implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. 

We are renowned for problem solving people’s failed dentistry, smile makeovers, and implant therapy/issues. This therapy requires superior training, experience, and attention to detail, which we consistently provide. This is also why I developed an in-house laboratory that is head-and-shoulders over commercial laboratories by providing custom, well-fitting, vibrant crowns that are custom-fabricated.

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Renowned Cosmetic Dentist

In addition to providing exceptional restorative dentistry, Dr. Marlin has long served as a respected and well-established cosmetic dentist in the Washington DC, Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Alexandria, Arlington area.

Dr. Marlin: 

  • Is a specialist (Prosthodontist) with extensive training in all phases of mouth restoration. 
  • Works closely with his in-house technician to achieve custom aesthetics and a very precise fit. 
  • Was voted by his peers as one of the best dentists in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best Dentist” surveys for over 20 straight years.
  • Provides crowns lasting over 35 years.
  • Is the most experienced specialist in the Washington area with implant placement and restoration (3,400 surgically inserted and restored). 
  • Is frequently called upon to solve complex restorative problems (see problem solving your care). 
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Advanced & Continuing Education

Dr. Marlin received his DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Prosthodontics from Boston University. His long-standing experience and incomparable professionalism make him a leader in the field of Prosthodontics.

Washingtonian Top Dentist: Washingtonian Magazine has recognized Dr. Marlin as one of the Washington DC area’s “Top Dentists.”

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Technological Advances & Patents in Implant Technology

Dr. Marlin has inserted and restored over 3,400 dental implants, but he also contributes to the field of implants directly with exhaustive research and revolutionary ideas within his specialty. He has invented an implant restoration system and holds multiple pending and issued patents related to implant restoration, making his experience nothing short of exceptional.

As a part of his being in the vanguard of implant-supported crown, bridge, and hybrid appliance therapy, Dr. Marlin has six United States patents and several foreign patents covering implant restoration. His latest United States patent (issued on June 14, 2016) is the first of several upcoming patents that claim an exclusive set of components and digital techniques for restoring all implants worldwide. It solves many problems with restoring angled and rotated implants, which is a significant industry problem.

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Industry-Recognized Speaker and Lecturer

Dr. Marlin is committed to Prosthodontic education. He has lectured at many universities and national dental organizations on implant reconstruction and has trained 450 technicians on how to fabricate the best implant restoration. Since 1985, Dr. Marlin has been working with his own in-house technicians to provide dramatic aesthetic results with the finest in quality control. In addition, he has provided training programs to dentists and dental technicians for restoring implants. He developed a dental technician’s hands-on training program for restoring dental implants and is the inventor of two Implant Restoration Systems.

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Elite Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington DC

Presently, Dr. Marlin maintains a private practice limited to Dental Implants, Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry located in the Washington DC – Bethesda area. 

Here, he specializes in all areas of restorative dentistry, including:

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His great sense of humor, willingness to listen, and integrity are just a few of the reasons why his patients are so loyal and continue to stay with him, whether they live in the Washington Metropolitan area, or Scottsdale, Arizona, or Paris, France.

By bringing together a team of dedicated individuals, including a caring team, an in-house laboratory technician, and a group of excellent co-therapists, Dr. Marlin provides the most premium care possible through his commitment to excellence and warm disposition. This kind of quality is reflected in great-looking crowns that have lasted at least 20-35 years (3-4 times the national average).  

He is thankful for his loyal patients and looks forward to growing his Elite Prosthetic Dentistry family with new clients pursuing brighter smiles!

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Marlin and his team by calling 202-244-2101 or contacting us online today!

Dr. Marlin takes great care of his patients, being proactive to care for their teeth to prevent unnecessary treatments. He thoroughly explains procedures he recommends. He is competent and professional. His office staff is friendly, and they provide a warm environment. You can trust Dr. Marlin to diagnose problems and take care of your teeth!
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A Conversation with Dr. Marlin

I wanted to be able to perform the highest level of restorative dentistry, and, ultimately, be able to make a dramatic difference in people’s lives. As specialists in restorative and implant dentistry, we are called upon to provide the best restorative and implant surgical care. The creativity and logical problem solving that gets the WOW from the patients is a real high.

A great many patients come to us with serious problems: some are aesthetic, some are functional (breakdown of restorations, teeth, and/or bite), and many are both. Some require implant therapy, which adds a whole other dimension. Personally, I love the challenge of breaking down the problems to the lowest common denominator and then rebuilding the mouth to perfection. Overall, making a difference in people’s lives by restoring them to a point of health with aesthetic results that are superior to what is generally being performed out there is an important driver to me and my team. Our philosophy is “do it right, get it right.”

A warm, friendly, highly professional environment provided by a top end staff. Our facility is large (3,000 sq feet) with all the treatment rooms having “picture windows” overlooking a wide-open expanse.

I received my DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and a master’s degree in Prosthodontics from Boston University Graduate Dental School.

What dentistry do you specialize in?

I specialize in prosthodontics with a subspecialty in periodontal prostheses or reconstructing the partially or fully broken-down adult dentition. This specialty includes implant surgery and restoration, cosmetic design and makeover, reconstruction of the broken down dentition, and crowns, veneers, and bridges.

Provide the best possible therapy based upon the “pursuit of excellence” in every aspect of practice-from the initial diagnosis, alternative treatment plans, and detailed therapy sequence resulting in unmatched final results. Our single-minded focus on “getting it right” with top fitting, very aesthetic restorations has resulted in crowns that last over 35 years and 3,400 surgically inserted and restored implants with a 97-98% success rate over a 10-20 year period. We have assembled the best team of top professionals to provide this therapy in a very friendly, efficient, and comfortable environment.

What methods did you employ to accomplish your goal of becoming a successful prosthodontist?

  1. In 1985 I spent 5 days with one of the top ceramists, Masahiro Kuwata, in a technician training program to, in turn, train our inhouse technicians to provide world class porcelain having internal color with highly translucency enamel to create our “simply natural, simply radiant” restorations.
  2. Also, in 1985, I was one of the early prosthodontist adopters of the osseointegrated implant therapy, including being the first one in the Washington area to take on the implant placement surgery. Therefore, we would always have the strongest foundation at the outset with ideally placed implants generating ideal final aesthetic and functional results. 
  3. In 1990, I invented and patented an implant restoration system used to restore 14,000 implants successfully. This contributed to our reputation.
  4. In 2011, I invented and patented another implant restoration system that automatically corrects for surgical error when placing implants and consistently provides the optimal “drop-in” final abutment and crown. 
  5. In 2017, I took over bone grafting procedures to create broader, stronger implant sites before or during actual implant placement to obtain the best aesthetics and function.
  6. In Feb 2021, I developed a very comprehensive, informational website with Aesthetic Brand Marketing for prospective patients to research any aspect of Implant, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry.

I work out several days a week. With three children and 6 grandchildren in the Washington metropolitan area, my wife and I see family members most weekends. On the side, I am also continuing my work in my venture project, the automated implant restoration system, when not doing all of that. I hope to also go back to my golf game in the spring.

The “epiphany” on wanting to become a prosthodontist came from the first few days of orientation at the University of Pennsylvania dental school, followed by reinforcement in lectures during my first year. Penn is the institution that invented the subspecialty of periodontal prosthesis, which became my area of interest. Seeing the clinical results from rehabilitating the broken-down adult dentition from the top players in the field inspired me to specialize in this area of prosthodontics.

I am intensely dedicated to top performance and performers and providing my patients with the best therapy, loyal to family, friends, patients, and people I work with, and to business/practices with whom I have established a working relationship, and comprehensive in my approach to any work-to-task projects.

Several of my professors at U of P and BU set the standards for top-end therapy, which I incorporated early on into my practice and became the basis of our corporate culture. At this stage in my career, I am a mentor to others in the field in any one of several areas, rather than being mentored.

Making a dramatic difference in many people’s lives over the years has been very rewarding. It is quite satisfying to have inspired a vast array of top team members to provide service following the “pursuit of excellence,” ending up with our patients receiving top service and the very best, longest-lasting restorations.

We hold a unique (solo) position amongst our prosthodontist competitors:

  1. We are one of the few pros practices that provide end-to-end implant therapy-from extraction and ridge (jaw) augmentation (bone grafting, internal sinus lift) to surgical implant placement to restoration using our own in-house technician
  2. We are one of the only pros practices with a full-service crown and bridge laboratory (not a milling lab) providing custom fabricated crowns, implant abutments and crowns, and bridges.

Therefore, we consistently deliver what we offer and, as a result, are known as problem-solvers for salvaging dentitions with optimal aesthetics.