Home isn’t a place, it is a feeling.
A lot of history has occurred at 4208 S. Alston Avenue over the last 200+ years.
The original log home stood on 500 acres and was built by Lewis Herndon for his wife Polly in 1849, well before Durham County was formed in 1881. Upon Polly’s death, the home and land were deeded to their son Lewis Jr. and his wife Ann. It changed hands many times before being bought by W.S. Page in 1909. It was during this ownership that the exterior of the home was changed from the original log dwelling to the prominent “Colonial Revival” style that it presently has. Before Dr. Eaker purchased the home and 2.25 acres in 2003 it had many other uses — from a schoolhouse to a daycare, many stories were told within its walls. Unfortunately, it had sat vacant and was in such disrepair that Dr. Eaker salvaged what he could from the interior and upon recommendation from the historical society, he donated the original structure to the local fire department for a training burn. But before the burn, the local Jaycees had a “Spooky Good Time” using the home as a haunted house. The rebuild was structured off of the Page home from 1909 but brought up to date with modern electrical, plumbing and HVAC. A large ADA compliant ramp was also built along the parking lot side of the home to help accommodate those in wheelchairs. Handcrafted Dentistry is honored to reside in a building so rich in history.
Your first visit to Handcrafted Dentistry involves a few special steps so that we can get to know you. To understand what to expect, please read through this page and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about it! You’ll find all the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, practice hours, payment policies, and more. There’s also background information about our committed staff and our first visit procedures. You can also save some time by printing out and completing the patient forms here in advance of your appointment—or we are happy to email them to you.
At the first appointment, we will initially review medical and dental history, find out your goals, determine how to make dentistry comfortable for you, and answer any questions you might have. We will then do a full dental examination. This includes an oral cancer exam, evaluating gum disease (the painless, most common cause of tooth loss), note evidence of wear, recession, mobility of teeth, how they function, the condition of existing restorations (such as fillings, crowns, implants, etc.), and note any cavities. We use many diagnostic aids in this process, including photographs and x-rays (if none are up-to-date, of good quality, and available from a previous office). After thorough diagnosis, depending on your individual needs, a cleaning or gum therapy will be scheduled for a separate visit with one of our skilled dental hygienists.
Professional Teeth Cleanings – to maintain good oral health