What Separates Our Dental Crowns?
Washington DC & Bethesda – Chevy Chase

For more information about Dental Crowns or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marlin, call our office in Washington, DC at Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. Phone Number 202-244-2101.

Smile with dental crowns

  • Precision – Our In-House lab offers custom, precise work in dramatically less time than other practices.
  • Natural Appearance – Our dental crowns will have the right color to enhance and blend in with your natural smile and presentation.
  • Longevity – It is not uncommon for our dental crowns to last 30 years while the industry average is often 10 years.

“’Hats off’ Doctor Marlin for the outstanding work done on my 12 crowns and implants 28 years ago. I moved from the area 25 years ago. Today my current dentist praised your work as he was evaluating my mouth after viewing my panoramic x-ray this morning. All 12 crowns are completely sound and do not need restored or replaced!”


When a tooth can no longer be repaired with a filling or an inlay, it needs to be restored with a dental crown or cap. The visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line will be covered. This is a precision restoration for restoring the tooth to an ideal form. Frequently, the tooth, itself, needs to be rebuilt before the new crown can be placed over it.

Before dental crowns

Before:

This patient presents with crowns on her two front teeth that do not match to each other or to her natural teeth. In addition, the adjacent front teeth were grey with the left one protruding. As a result, her crowns do not blend with the natural teeth and do not look real.

Dental crowns top

After:

To create a new look, we placed four crowns that have the right color, shape and translucency (crystalline, transparent effect) that enhance her smile line.

Broken tooth

Before:

This patient presented with the porcelain broken off of her lower first molar.

Dental crowns middle

After:

To correct the problem, new crowns were placed on her upper and lower first molars. With the proper form, bite, look and feel, the teeth appear natural.

When a crown is designed incorrectly, not only does it look unsightly, but it does not function properly. Incorrect design can irritate and damage the gum tissue, as well as the surrounding bone. Ultimately, the porcelain will fracture.

The Most Important Part of the Crown is the Part that You Never See: the Inside of the Crown

Teeth x-ray with old crown fitted poorly

Before:

An X-ray of the patients lower molar shows that her existing dental crown was not fabricated to fit tightly against the tooth. This results in an open margin, where bacteria can lead to tooth decay.

Dental crowns x-ray

After:

Her new lower crown was recontoured to fit tightly to the tooth and blend with the gum tissue.

Crowns That Do Not Fit Properly Will Decay

X-rays teeth

This patient presented with ill-fitting crowns that were placed only one year prior to her first visit with us. Now they have extensive decay. (see the dark shadow)

Dental Crown Procedure

Fabricating a crown requires at least two visits to our Washington DC dental office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, take an impression, and fit it with a temporary acrylic crown.

On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown, and then custom fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place.

What are the key benefits for dental crowns?

  • Offers support to broken or severely decayed teeth
  • Covers misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • Replaces missing teeth, as an abutment for a bridge or an abutment for an implant.
  • Repairs smile and functional chewing problems
  • Looks completely natural.

Why Do Some Crowns Look Unnatural While Others Look Natural?

What are the capabilities of dental crowns?

Crown and bridge work is the most tried and proven solution for fixing major dental problems caused by accidents, diseases, or wear and tear. They are typically used to protect endodontically (root canal) treated teeth. Materials used in these repairs are either all porcelain type crowns or porcelain fused to gold crowns. The higher strength and greater precision of fit of the porcelain fused to gold crowns makes them the method of choice when treating the most serious dental problems. In instances where extensive damage has occurred resulting in the loss of teeth, where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or where tooth damage caused by old fillings breaking down, crowns and/or bridges are traditionally used as a long-term solution.

Contact Dr. Marlin in his Washington DC dental office to discuss crowns to improve your smile.

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It has been 30 years at least since I first became a patient of Dr. Gerald Marlin. I had teeth that were severely stained due to treatment with tetracycline when I was a child. I could not use any of the standard whitening tools as they would only highlight the stains on my teeth. Dr. Marlin has been encouraging me to do something about my teeth for a very long time. However, it was only at the beginning of 2018, that I decided to take the plunge and get crowns for 16 of my front teeth. Dr. Marlin is a perfectionist; he works tirelessly to ensure that the result is what both the patient and he himself want. He has a wonderful staff, who are supportive, encouraging, and make you as comfortable as possible. Dr. Marlin’s very well-trained staff and the bar of excellence to which he holds himself and all those who work for him, are evident in the quality of the appearance of my teeth after all the procedures were done. I just can’t stop smiling!

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Dr. Marlin was highly recommend by my local dentist 15 years ago, due to my dental condition and ill-fitting crown & bridge. The long overdue process finally gives me the smile and self confidence that I’ve dreamt about since I was a child. I still receive many complements from family members, and friends for my beautiful crown and cosmetic reconstruction after 14 years. The office stuff are all very friendly and the efficient scheduling process work well for my working hours. Also office is clean and well run, comfortable waiting room, with great magazine selection. The hygienists did a fantastic job with my teeth cleaning annualy, very gentle but thorough. I learn more about my oral health and hygiene every time I see her. Really appreciate the excellent care from the office.

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I have had extensive dental work done since I was a young child and wanted to find a holistic solution for cosmetic reasons, but more importantly for dental heath reasons. I set up consultation appointments with 3 different prosthodentits in order to make an informed decision. Dr Marlin was the first one i went to. I was so confident in him after the consultation that i selected him and cancelled the other 2. I was so right. I had extensive work done, 20 ceramic crowns and 4 root canals. It was a lengthy process, but Dr Marlin and the entire staff did everything possible to provide me with the best care. Everyone was thorough, punctual, polite, caring and professional. Dr Marlin is a perfectionist and I truly appreciate his attention to every aspect of the procedures, including my comfort. They were also flexible in accommodating my schedule. we had numerous 8 hour sessions at my request. The lab and the technician that actually produced the temporaries and final crowns is in house, that is a huge plus. Felix is an artist and as much a perfectionist as Dr Marlin. Dr Marlin worked with Felix to get the perfect shape, bite and color. I couldn't be happier with results. I even had a person in a midwest town tell me she knew i wasnt from there because my teeth were so nice. It is a pleasure to smile now. Thank you Dr Marlin and staff. I give the strongest recommendation I can to the entire practice!!

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