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Dr. Michael Irving Farr, D.M.D.

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Dr. Michael Irving Farr D.M.D. is a top Dentist in Barrington, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Michael Irving Farr D.M.D. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Michael Irving Farr D.M.D. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Michael Irving Farr D.M.D. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Barrington, IL, Dr. Michael Irving Farr D.M.D. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Michael Irving Farr, D.M.D.
  • Barrington, IL
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Why does my son have yellow teeth?

Hi, At 8 years old, he should have his front adult teeth present. Adult teeth are more yellow in color than the preceding baby teeth. This is because there is more dentin in READ MORE
Hi,

At 8 years old, he should have his front adult teeth present. Adult teeth are more yellow in color than the preceding baby teeth. This is because there is more dentin in the adult teeth. Dentin is yellow in color and is what gives teeth their yellow appearance. The enamel is the outer covering of the teeth and while the enamel is white, it is translucent, and the
thickness of the enamel is not much different in adult teeth as compared to baby teeth. So, the adult teeth are more yellow as a result. This is nothing to be concerned about and certainly teeth whitening is not recommended in a child this young. My advice is to wait until he gets a little bit older (say 16 or above) and then consider whitening his teeth. Also be sure to take him twice a year for cleanings and check ups, as external staining can make the teeth appear more yellow and the professional cleaning will remove this and improve the appearance.
Hope this helps.

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How young is 'too young' for braces?

Nope. Your dentist obviously sees a discrepancy developing in your child now that needs correction. Early interceptive orthodontics is done on kids ages 6-9 years old. You have READ MORE
Nope. Your dentist obviously sees a discrepancy developing in your child now that needs correction. Early interceptive orthodontics is done on kids ages 6-9 years old. You have a very caring dentist who has your child's best interest at heart.

What is the life of a dental implant?

Under ideal conditions, the life of a dental implant can be indefinite. The parts that go on an implant will need repair or replacing over time. However, an implant can fail due READ MORE
Under ideal conditions, the life of a dental implant can be indefinite. The parts that go on an implant will need repair or replacing over time. However, an implant can fail due to issues like gum disease (peri-implantitis), overload problems, grinding problems (parafunctional habits), change in a person's medical status, or underlying medical problems that result in bone deterioration. A lot of these issues are controlled by the person. It's really tough to say how long the implant itself will last considering all of the possibilities that affect it. Proper diagnosis of a patient's medical history and current health and oral status are paramount in determining longevity.

What is the medication that the dentist will use as an anesthesia before my root canal?

Most of the time, 2% lidocaine with 1:100k epinephrine is used as anesthesia for routine dental procedures, including root canals. There are other types of anesthetics and most READ MORE
Most of the time, 2% lidocaine with 1:100k epinephrine is used as anesthesia for routine dental procedures, including root canals. There are other types of anesthetics and most are in the class of medications known as amides, which most people have no problem with. Some are combination of esthers and amides. Most of the time, the anesthesia is administered locally, so you are awake the entire time, just numb in the area to be worked on. Your provider knows which anesthesia he/she likes to use and can review that with you if you are concerned.

What are the most visible signs and symptoms of a gum disease?

Hi, Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that adhere to the teeth and grow out of control and the body's immune system can't effectively get rid of it. Signs and symptoms READ MORE
Hi,

Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that adhere to the teeth and grow out of control and the body's immune system can't effectively get rid of it. Signs and symptoms to look for are reddened and swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, build up on the teeth that cannot be wiped or brushed away, and foul odor of the breath. Loose teeth is another sign. The diagnosis of any form of gum disease has to be made by a licensed dental professional, so regular check ups and cleanings are paramount in helping to determine and treat gum disease if it manifests. The earlier you catch it, the better.

Michael I. Farr, DMD, FICOI

Front tooth cavity

Hi, The longevity of fillings is determined by the size of the cavity, the amount of remaining tooth structure, the structural integrity of the tooth, and the kind of forces READ MORE
Hi,

The longevity of fillings is determined by the size of the cavity, the amount of remaining tooth structure, the structural integrity of the tooth, and the kind of forces that the person puts on the tooth both through normal chewing/biting forces and parafunctional forces (activities done with the teeth that are beyond the normal purposes of masticating and talking).

Depending on your situation, a filling may be the best and most conservative way to restore the tooth if there is ample remaining tooth left and forces applied to the tooth are low to moderate. While veneers and crowns are strong and long lasting restorations, they should be utilized as last resorts when other treatment options have failed or there is insufficient remaining tooth left or the biting or parafunctional forces are too high. Healthy tooth most of the time needs to be removed to do veneers and crowns. And once a dentist cuts away part of a tooth, it is gone forever. Sometimes, though, it is necessary.

I know this doesn't directly answer your question. But in all honesty there are many variables to consider when we restore teeth. It's not just "drill and fill". Keep your treatment as conservative as possible until you have to upgrade.

Michael I. Farr, DMD, FICOI