Mini Dental Implants
Washington DC & Bethesda – Chevy Chase

Dental implants are the best way to replace lost teeth; they are permanent, easy to take care of and can last a lifetime. Dental Prosthodontist Washington DC Dr. Gerald Marlinimplants have been proven to be successful in more than 95% of cases. Dental implants come in different varieties, one of which is the mini implant. As the name implies, these implants are smaller than traditional implants, and can be used in areas not accessible with traditional ones or to support a less costly prosthesis.

Since mini dental implants require less bone than traditional implants, many people who are not candidates for traditional implants due to insufficient bone may be candidates for the mini implants. They can either serve as permanent implants, or as interim ones to hold and stabilize a denture while the bone is being rebuilt by grafting. Depending upon the situation and/or the type of prosthesis seated on them, mini implants can be less costly than traditional implants. Since they are immediately loaded, mini implants provide instant stability to the denture prosthesis.

Mini implants are not intended to support individual crowns (caps), but they can be used to replace all of the teeth in the edentulous mouth to stabilize an overdenture.

If you have been told that traditional implants are not for you, mini dental implants may still be an option. If you live in the Maryland, D.C. or Virginia area and would like to learn more about mini dental implants, call our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Marlin today.

Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C.

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I have been seeing Dr. Marlin for more than 30 years, and couldn't be more happy with the work he has done for me. He has handled a range of issues, including what was at the time cutting-edge implant work, and always with great care, skill, and attention to detail. I recommend him without hesitation.

- Peter K

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I was born with bad teeth. Not misshapen or misaligned, but weak. When I had my wisdom teeth removed in my early 20s, what I was told might be a 30 to 45 minute procedure was over in 10 minutes. As the dentist tried to extract them, the teeth simply broke into pieces and came out quite easily. At some point in my 20s, I realized that flossing was actually abrading and wearing down the surface of my teeth at and below the gumline and so I stopped flossing. That meant that receding gums and bone loss were added to the incremental tooth loss as my back teeth decayed and broke. By the time I hit my mid-50s, I had lost most of my back teeth, had two broken and visible front teeth, and badly receding gums. This was the disaster scenario Dr. Gerald Marlin faced when he first met me. With the help of sophisticated imaging, he was able to show and explain to me just how dire my situation was. I was hoping to have the All-on-Four implant full-arch denture treatment for both the upper and lower jaw. Unfortunately, as Dr. Marlin showed me, I didn’t have sufficient bone, especially on the upper jaw, to do the procedure. Undaunted, he came up with a plan to make my desired outcome possible. We would rebuild the bone, and then go from there. I quickly came to realize that the “new teeth in a day” promise made by the mass-marketed All-on-Four providers was, ultimately, a scam. Sure, there might be a very select number of individuals, with no complicating circumstances, who would be candidates for a one-day procedure. But even then, as Dr. Marlin explained to me, the typical move by such operations is to level-off the bone under the gums before sinking the implanted sockets. This means that, if further bone loss were to occur in the ensuing years, the patient would be out of luck, because so much bone would have been sacrificed in the initial “tabling” of the bone. Dr. Marlin convinced me that a much more gradual approach would give me the greatest chance of success. And that’s how it went. I had all my remaining teeth removed, bone grafts done, and was fitted with temporary, traditional, dentures all at the same time. With periodic appointments to check the success of the bone grafts, I waited for everything to be set for the sockets to be implanted. When the bone grafts had taken, I had the sockets implanted and a temporary set of screw-in appliances installed both top and bottom. Time was taken to make sure all the now non-moving parts were working correctly. Finally, the finalized upper and lower appliances were made and installed. Yes, the process took a year and a half. With numerous visits. And yet, thanks to Dr. Marlin’s generous discounts, it proved to cost really no more than the “new teeth in a day,” assembly-line type treatments which, I’m convinced, could NEVER have produced the results I’ve had. I now wake up every morning with a gorgeous smile, and one I don’t have to take out and put in a glass to soak overnight. Dr. Marlin is a true artisan and a true professional. And he has assembled a great group of individuals to help him do what he does. Which for me, was a miracle. I hope you will trust your dental health and aesthetics to this first-class team.

- Henry R

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I have received extensive dental treatment from Dr. Marlin over the last 12+ years. I had to have more than 5 implants and subsequent crowns and bone grafts; the work was performed flawlessly and with sensitivity. The staff were wonderful.

- Kathryn T

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I had implant surgery at Dr Marlin office. It was beautiful, painless,terrific job done .I had to call my husband to look at the x-ray to see great work done by Dr Marlin.

- Alva M

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Dr Marlin helped me when no one else would. I am very grateful that he is my dentist

- Judith M

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Very thorough and helpful with answering my many questions.

- Andrew K

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