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What Is A Prosthodontist?

What is a Prosthodontist?

Top-Rated Prosthodontist Serving the greater Washington DC area

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 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 obtaining a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree, which takes about four years, along with an additional three years of specialty training. This can only be achieved after four years of college and further pre-dental education. In all, the process takes 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?

Dentists and prosthodontists both provide valuable services to their patients; however, 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 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 advanced oral surgery or a tooth replacement, it’s best to seek the advice and services of a prosthodontist who will ensure 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.