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Smile Makeover with Dentition Reconstruction

January 14, 2020
Our patient from Bethesda, MD was referred by her Periodontist for us to reconstruct her jaw with crowns to create a smile makeover. Previously placed implants in her upper left jaw had failed, and with little available bone in that part of her upper jaw, she was not a candidate to receive other ones. She wanted to have a fixed splint replacing many teeth, which was a challenge. How were we to stabilize all of her upper teeth and make it appear natural? Custom temporary crowns were fabricated to blend with her facial pattern… Read Full Post

Fix My Smile: Our Patient's Success Story

December 20, 2019
A recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD sought us out to fix his smile. While he was at the Naval Academy, he had a traumatic injury to his four front teeth and was presently wearing an unsightly temporary crown. Two of his other front teeth had fractures and previous root canal therapy. Even though he was now in North Carolina, he was willing to come back to have four crowns fabricated, which we would be able to comprehensively provide on a timely basis with our in-house laboratory. Needless to say, he is very happy with his rejuvenated smile line. Are you interested in… Read Full Post

What is a Milled Crown?

December 18, 2019
There are three different ways to fabricate a dental crown. One of these methods involves a computerized milling machine, which cuts the restoration out of a solid block of material. This produces what is known as a milled crown. At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C., we know that milled crowns have limitations. That is why our crowns are hand-crafted by our skilled in-house technician. Keep reading to learn about the drawbacks of milled crowns and how our approach can give you a simply radiant, simply natural smile that lasts. Disadvantages of Milled… Read Full Post
Category: Dental Crowns

Cosmetic Smile Makeovers: An Overview with Examples

December 11, 2019
A cosmetic smile makeover is a customized combination of procedures designed to improve the appearance of your smile. If you have multiple aesthetic and functional concerns to address, this personalized plan may be right for you. At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C., Dr. Gerald Marlin has the specialty training required to provide results that look great and last. In the interactive guide below, you’ll learn about the treatments that your smile makeover may include. You’ll also discover what sets our practice… Read Full Post

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

October 22, 2019
Like conventional dental implants, mini implants are inserted in the jawbone to create a permanent base for replacement teeth. However, mini dental implants have a smaller diameter than traditional implants, a different design, and a totally different function. They are never to be restored with a crown or fixed hybrid prosthesis. A traditional implant relies on a connecting element — known as an abutment — to affix a dental prosthesis to the implant. Meanwhile, a mini implant has a round head that attaches to a removable prosthesis via a socket and rubber O-… Read Full Post

Trigger Point Injections Relieve Pain from the TMJ Syndrome

September 09, 2019
We have seen thousands of patients over the years who suffer from pain from the TMJ and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder/dysfunction) syndrome. This localized or referred pain to the head and neck can be intractable and ongoing for many years with the individual being very frustrated. On our TMJ Dentistry page we discuss this problem, in detail.  This drawing from Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point… Read Full Post
Category: TMJ

I Need Veneers or Crowns. Can I Have Them Very White?

May 08, 2019
We all want a very bright smile, but do we want it to be very white? At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C., Dr. Marlin makes sure that his patients play a prime role in choosing how white they want their teeth to be. About 30 years ago, Dr. Marlin spent five days with one of the master Japanese ceramists, Masahiro Kuwata, learning the art of applying optimal translucency and internal coloration to porcelain crowns, according to patient desires, to create natural-looking crowns. With this translucency and internal coloration,… Read Full Post

Trigger Point Injections to Treat TMJ/TMD

May 07, 2019
TMJ pain symptoms are most frequently referred from “trigger points” in the jaw muscles, rather than directly from the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). This condition most frequently results when the muscles are overworked because a bad bite is producing hyper-irritated (“trigger”) points in the muscle. Dr. Gerald Marlin of Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. has been providing Trigger Point Injection Therapy of the jaw muscles as a part of his TMJ therapy for over 40 years. If you are experiencing or have suffered from pain… Read Full Post
Category: TMJ

My Dentist Told me that I Need to have Several Teeth Extracted and Replaced with Implants

April 10, 2019
What Should I do? Get a Second Opinion. Your first question should be, "Why is this so?" and your second query should be, "What is so different that you are now in this situation?" The answer may be very straight forward. On the other hand, is it because a tooth broke off, but can easily be repaired? Is it because previous endodontic therapy has failed, but can be successfully retreated? Or, is it because the teeth have undergone bone loss, but that condition could be reversed and repaired?  Even though he has surgically inserted and restored over 3,000 implants,… Read Full Post
Category: Dental Implants

Waiting For That Rejuvenated Smile!

January 31, 2019
After waiting several years, this patient presented with a desire to improve her smile. It was time to replace her veneers. To provide long-lasting, well-fitting upper crowns, each tooth had old fillings removed and was then meticulously rebuilt on the same day as the temporary crowns were inserted Working closely with our in-house technician, we were able to complete her complex case within two months. In the future, she will restore her lower anterior teeth with veneers or crowns to cover the dark stains and close the spaces between the teeth.
Initial Presentation…
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