Dr. Michael Farr

Dentistry
Barrington, IL
male

Locations

Michael I. Farr, DMD, Ltd.

Barrington, IL

Address

118 Barrington Commons Court, #201, Barrington, IL
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00am
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Practice website

Fax

8473817665

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Ameritas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Cigna

Guardian Life

Humana Insurance Company

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Prudential Insurance Company of America

UnitedHealthcare

Wellmark Inc

Smiles By Farr, Ltd.

Huntley, IL

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

Polish

Doctor Q&A

76 Answers
12 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Nope: It's the same as edentulous (toothless) adults eating. They can gum the food. Best stick to soft foods that are easily "gumable". Almost all of the ba... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
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Big Challenge: You are indicating some serious possible dental problems and you want a beautiful white smile that is inexpensive. That is like going to the dealersh... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Ignore: Do get your teeth cleaned if you are comfortable enough.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
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Many causes.: Sensitivity is caused by many things. Trauma to a tooth will cause the nerve inside to become inflamed, which causes sensitivity. The question is wha... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Go see a dentist: Your problem needs to be diagnosed and managed right away. Although rare, serious complications may arise from an infection in the jaws. You could get... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Orthodontics: Overbites tend to be either caused by skeletal discrepancies of the jaws, the relationship of the upper to the lower teeth, the size of the teeth rela... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Several differences: While both are viruses, they are different classes and do different things. Herpangina is coxsackie virus which attack soft palate/throat and is self ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Several reasons: You dont chew tobacco, do you? You could be having a contact dermatitis, or it could be film from the toothpaste. It could be something else all toget... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Need more info: It could be a number of things. Without knowing the history of your chief complaint it is difficult to ascertain. You should seek dentist consult and ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Yes: Especially if your sexual activity includes oral sex.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Possibly: Toothaches can cause radiating pain that hurts elsewhere in the body. Any of the head and neck as well as upper back areas can be affected. Make sur... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Eventually: As with any trauma, it is best to wait for some healing before you splash some alcohol or acid on a wound. Sugars in alcoholic and soda beverages pro... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Several possiblities: White tongue could be something as simple as hairy tongue; in which case a tongue scraper is all you need. But is could also be a fungal infection. B... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Leukopenia: This just means you have low white cell counts. This predisposes you to getting infections and white cells are an integral part of your immune system ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
That depends: Do you require them to be removed surgucally? Non surgical extractions, barring any post operative complications, recovery is typically 5-7 days. Surg... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
See a dentist: There could be several causes. Anything from infection to autoimmune conditions could be the cause. It is best to get it evaluated and make sure it i... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Not a whole lot: A perforated TMJ disc cannot be repaired and surgery to replace the disc has mixed results. If you are unable to function with pain or difficulty then... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Steroids: This is your immune system acting out. Topical steroids or orally taken systemic steroids are your best weapon during flare ups. If you can identify a... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Don't know: See your physician first and get a culture done to identify the offending bug, then treat.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Interesting: Tonsil papillomas are viral infections, but they do not explain the tooth pain. Hpv types 6, 8, 11, and 13 are known to increase cancer risk. Your sy... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Potential explanatio: Red spots on the back of the throat could be petechiae, or little bruises. These occur from trauma. Maybe back off from any oral activities you may b... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Dual consult: I would work with an ENT and a dentist to evaluate whats going on.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
No: Once the teeth are formed, reduction of absorption of calcium and magnesium have no bearing on the hardness of teeth. Demineralization can occur throu... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Probably not: White spots that are visible on your enamel are probably not caused by acid reflux, unless there is a constant vomiting component. Reflux affects the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Pray: There is no way to speed up treatment time with braces. If you move the teeth too fast, the roots get resorbed. You do not want this. Best to bite the... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
They exist: The most important thing is to check for herpes blisters. If they are present, even in the most minute form, you can transmit it to him. Sometimes you... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Yes: If you are getting out of a bridge, the teeth that served as the abutments can be reconstructed individually. They would have to be crowned since they... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
That depends: I have had patients who dont have ay pain after a root canal. And then I have had some with severe pain after a root canal. It depends on how much ins... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Yes: All you need is fluoride, calcium, and phosphate. Two of these are already in your saliva.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Depends: Depends how big the cavity was, how much tooth structure is left, and how hard your child's bite is.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
No: Delaying care is never a good idea in the absence of insurance. Problems only worsen with time and become more costly to fix. Dental insurance usuall... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Hairy tongue?: There are a couple of things that cause the tongue to appear this way. Geographic tongue is one. Pigmentation is another. Yet another potential cause... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
No: Veneers are made out of inert materials. If it were even possible you were having an allergy to them, it would have happened right away and not five ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
See a dentist: Pain means something is wrong. There is a major salivary gland that sits on each side below the tongue. It could be a clogged salivary duct or a calci... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Yes: Biting on one side changes aspects of both joints and can worsen the situation. If you haven't already done so, you should get your problem diagnosed ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
That depends: Have your dentist take a look at it and see how far along the primary tooth is resorbed before you try to "yank it off". You might need help. Sometim... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Try this...: Take a topical antiviral ointment like zovirax , denavir, (penciclovir) or viractin and use it in combination with a lip balm or petroleum coating. Y... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Sometimes: The most common two causes of pain after dental treatment are: 1) the restoration is too tall and is hypersensitizing the nerve, or 2) the nerve has b... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Follow up: You should call the dentist who treated you. If you are not on antibiotics, it may be a good idea to get on one. Four hours after a procedure is sudde... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Small chance: Usually with thrush though the distinguishing factor is a white wipe-able coating from the tongue or other areas of the mouth. And usually it doesn't... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Several things: Blisters on the tongue could be caused from thermal burns or they could be viral, bacterial, or something else. Best get it evaluated and diagnosed.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
No: Lichen planus is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system goes haywire and attacks the skin of the mouth and body. It is not related to calcific... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Try this: You have a lot going on at the moment. I would make sure to drink plenty of water during the day, chew sugarless gum (trident white has xylitol which ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
See a dentist: Proper diagnosis can only be made after an exam by a dentist. There are several things that cause white spots on the tongue as well as red spots. And ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Yes there are: In a nutshell, teeth whitening is dose and frequency dependent. Higher concentrations and frequencies will produce faster results. However, the resul... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Immediate attention: All abscesses in the mouth pose a dangerous threat. Since the mouth is highly vascularized area and close to the brain you do not want to risk the spr... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Get it evaluated: It could be a cold sore (herpes simplex). Get it looked at for confirmation.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Please clarify: If you have an active MRSA infection it is best to get that treated before you have oral surgery. If you had oral surgery and develop MRSA infection, ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Get an evaluation: Wisdom tooth problems are best managed before pregnancy if possible because infections can rapidly spread and get into the bloodstream and complicate ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
No: Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissues that is caused by bacteria. There are several pathophysiological processes that contribute to it's mani... Read More
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Testimonials
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12
Recommendations
106
Thank you notes
Mar 20, 2015
Great Doc.
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
I am extremely happy to have found Dr. Farr. I’ve jumped around between a few dentists for the past couple of years, looking for a good fit. And I do believe I’ve found it with Dr. Farr and his st...Read More
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
I am not quick to recommend Doctors or Dentists so when I do it is because I hold them in high regard. Dr. Michael Farr is just such a man. He is relaxed, friendly, and personable. He is also a perfec...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I've been told that I am very good, I don't want to alter that, thanks
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks for the quick and concise response, it was very helpful.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks...i have already seen a dentist but still nothing helps

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois, Chicago
MD

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
MD

Awards

America's Top Doctors and Dentists Award 2012
Who's Who Among Professionals 2011
Highest Proficiency in Dentistry Award 2005
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