Dr. Brian Barron is the owner of Brilliant Smiles Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington, and specializes in cosmetic dentistry, implants, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Barron prides himself on finding ways to put patients at ease while performing highly advanced procedures ensuring that the patient leaves with a brilliant smile and new confidence.
Dr. Barron attended Auburn University in Alabama and completed a degree in chemical engineering, along with the additional requirements needed to attend medical/dental school. Dr. Barron attended dental school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he worked in the oral surgery department, performing emergency extractions. After completing his medical training, Dr. Barron practiced in Nome, Alaska; Dutch Harbor, Alaska; and Naples, Florida.
During his career, Dr. Barron has continually furthered his medical education by pursuing studies in the following areas:
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pathology
- Implant surgery
- Sedation dentistry—he is certified in conscious oral sedation
Dr. Barron has been teaching for several years and continues to enjoy helping others expand their skills and services in the field of dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the overall appearance of your smile. While most cosmetic dentistry procedures focus on aesthetic results, some — like dental implants — can also offer restorative benefits and help to improve your oral health.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures are often referred to as a “smile makeover.” A smile makeover merely means having at least one cosmetic dentistry procedure to enhance your smile. And no two smile makeovers are the same.
Dr. Brian Barron and Dr. Chi Hsiao offer complete and partial makeovers personalized to match your aesthetic goals and dental health. This can be as basic as an in-office whitening treatment or a more extensive treatment like dental implants.
A dental implant restoration is used to replace missing or broken teeth that are beyond restoring. Whether you’ve lost a tooth through an injury, periodontal disease, or for another reason, the hole it leaves behind can have more than just an aesthetic impact. When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath that tooth, which reaches down into your jawbone, begins to erode, which can result in a sunken appearance and hamper the overall function of your teeth.
As a result, an implant is far more than a cosmetic fix. Implants adhere to your natural bone structure, mimicking your natural teeth perfectly, allowing you full use of your mouth.
How do dental implants work?
Dr. Barron at Brilliant Smiles Bellevue performs a dental implant restoration procedure using the following steps:
The fixture is essentially the new tooth root system. The device resembles a screw or cylinder, and Dr. Barron places it directly into your jawbone, where it will be left for 3-6 months to give it time to fuse to your bone. This step is critical in ensuring that the anchor for your new artificial tooth is secure.
After fusion occurs, Dr. Barron places a metal post called an abutment on the fixture. The abutment acts as an extension and is the foundation on which your new tooth is placed. During this visit, the doctor takes an impression so that your dental crown can be fabricated.
This is the final step where Dr. Barron attaches the replacement tooth to the abutment. After attaching the crown, he ensures that your bite is correct and that everything looks good.
With the final crown in place, it won’t take long before your ability to smile, chew food, and speak are completely restored.