Understand Our Difference: One Office, One Team Providing the All-on-4® Type of Hybrid (fixed) Restoration followed by In-House Hygiene and Ongoing Care
At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C. (PDWDC), we are a team of specialists that provides the care, along with ongoing hygiene and the full range of dental implant services in a private practice environment, rather than an implant center. We, thereby, provide the private practice alternative to ClearChoice® Dental Implant Centers1, a nationwide chain.
- More aesthetic, custom, ceramic Hybrid appliances
- Washington’s most experienced practitioner with inserting and restoring implants
- Consultation, directly, with the practitioner inserting and restoring your implants
- Bone preservation via bone grafting
- CT Scan Surgical Guide used for most precise implant placement (see below)
- Ongoing hygiene and treatment not available at ClearChoice®
- Treatment quality and longevity that is second to none. Eg. See how long our dental crowns last for our patients.
- Patients who are thrilled with the care and treatment they receive
“Dear Dr. Marlin,
I wanted you to know how extremely happy I am with the excellent care you’ve given me over the past decades. I appreciate your attention to detail, your insistence that every outcome is cutting edge of dentistry, and what I would call your intelligent artistry. All of that makes it worth the 150 miles drive for the last 20 years.”
Our approach to patient care, treatment, and your long-term prognosis emphasizes the importance of an ongoing relationship with us. Once your dental implants and/or other restorations have been completed, we believe that the team that placed the restoration is best suited to provide supplemental care, since the members are integrally familiar with your case. We offer a follow-up care program, which includes a comprehensive oral hygiene regimen.
In addition, we are able to provide you with a full range of in-house prosthetic services should you need them, including:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Dental-implant supported restorations
- Porcelain dental veneers
- Dental inlays
- White bonded fillings
- Teeth whitening
ClearChoice®, on the other hand, will only provide adjunctive restorations as they are needed during implant treatment, you will have to seek other types of routine follow-up care (including hygiene, dental crowns, dental bridges, fillings, etc.)2 In our experience, many offices are not interested in providing this follow-up care or hygiene, when the dental implant restorations were provided by a different office or clinic (especially with a full arch set of replacement teeth).
Same Day Implants, Implants In A Day, Bar Attachment Denture and Other Full Arch, Single Day Full Arch Immediately Loaded Implants:
For select cases, Same Day Implants are an option. We agree that the Bar Attachment Denture3 technique and type of prosthesis is effective, and, therefore, we insert four or more implants and a full set of replacement teeth firmly attached to them in a single day. This is also referred to as a fixed screw-down Hybrid Prosthesis. Providing this service requires presurgical planning with Cone Beam CAT Scans (CBCT) and Surgi-Guides.
With our careful planning and ideal placement of the dental implants as determined by the CT scan, the patient may choose to convert the Hybrid Prosthesis to a porcelain crown and bridge prosthesis in the future. Most importantly, we try to preserve the tooth sockets with bone grafts for a more esthetic and functional outcome. ClearChoice®‘s approach is to avoid bone grafting procedures.4
Our Experience, Our Full Service, On-Site Laboratory:
Dr. Marlin, a Prosthodontist, will perform a complete evaluation, and, at a separate consultation, will present your alternative treatment plans along with a presentation of similar, completed cases. You will not have your treatment options and sequence of therapy presented by a staff member. At Prosthetic Dentistry of Washington D.C., we have over twenty-five years of experience with implant placement and restorations in the same office by specialists working with a staff that, on average, has been with us for over ten years. In addition to fabricating implant restorations, our On-Site Laboratory also custom creates our patients’ dental crowns, dental bridges, dentures, porcelain veneers, dental inlays, and other dental restorations.
We encourage you to visit the ClearChoice® website to see the services that they offer and their treatment philosophy, and to seek out reviews. The Table Of Services below has been provided to help clarify the differences between our private practice and those provided by ClearChoice® clinics (according to the Web Site information provided by both parties). After careful consideration, a private practice that will provide you ongoing care may be the best setting to address your dental needs.
The following Table of Services provides an overview for your “contrast and compare” of services offered.
|Information According To Website
|Provided By PDWDC||ClearChoice®|
|Same Day Therapy Available||X||X|
|Specialists providing therapy on site||X||X|
|3D CT Scan Treatment Planning||X||X|
|Alternative therapies clearly shown on Web Site||X||?|
|Bone preservation with grafts after extractions||X|
|Sinus Lift Bone Grafts to rebuild the arch||X|
|Staged Therapy offered||X|
|One office for implants, crowns, bridges, tooth colored fillings, veneers, whitening, dentures, and hygiene||X|
|On Site Hygienists providing hygiene support||X|
|Ongoing care given after treatment completion||X|
|The On Site Dental Implant Laboratory fabricates the:|
|Hybrid Fixed Dentures||X||X|
|Implant supported crowns and bridges||X||?|
|Full Arch Implant Crowns and Bridges over custom abutments||X||?|
|Conventional dental crowns and bridges||X|
1 Clear Choice Dental Implants is a registered service mark of Clear Choice Holdings LLC, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse or sponsor the services of PDWDC.
2 From the ClearChoice® website: “ClearChoice® Centers do not perform routine dental procedures unless they are directly related to an implant treatment case. If you need standard dental work (such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal work, etc.) we are happy to refer you to qualified dentists that can meet your needs.”
3 Bar Attachment Denture is a registered trademark of Nobel Biocare Services AG, which is not affiliated with and does not endorse or sponsor the services of PDWDC
4 From ClearChoice®‘s website: “The Bar Attachment Denture Procedure can replace a full arch of teeth in one day, using only four implants and without bone grafts”; “Most ClearChoice® Center protocols, especially the Bar Attachment Denture procedure for the full-arch, avoid the need for bone grafts”
*ClearChoice® Dental Implant Centers are locally owned and operated by licensed dentists, and are part of a professional affiliation of implant practices operated by oral surgeons, prosthodontists and restorative dentists across the U.S. Qualified Patients can have their procedure in one day after initial workup without additional bone graft surgery.