Dr. Linger has been a dentist for 21 years. He completed his undergraduate and dental education at West Virginia University, graduating from the school of dentistry in 1996, where he received the William Reed Butler Scholarship for excellence in research. As a second generation dentist, Dr. Linger feels a calling and has a true passion for what he does.
Few dentists have received the level of training that Dr. Linger has as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. Less than 1% of dentists have achieved this designation. This represents training across a broad range of dentistry from surgery to cosmetics. He uses the extensive training and experience to treat even the most challenging dental situations, by performing all treatment in the same office.
Dr. Linger is one of the few dentists in the country utilizing the operating microscope for all procedures, which allows for minimally invasive dental treatment including microsurgery, which means less discomfort and faster recovery times for our patients.
Dr. Linger has been recognized for skill in the surgery and restoration of dental implants as a Fellow of the International Congress for Oral Implantology, one of the highest international designations for the most life changing treatment that dentistry offers.
Studying around the world, Dr. Linger has trained with some of the world’s leaders in cosmetic dentistry including the Pankey Institute and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study. With extensive experience with veneers, bonding and esthetic reconstruction, he has been able to help his patients achieve dramatic results with smile makeovers.
Your visit to the dentist should be a comfortable experience. Dr. Linger has developed special methods in sedation dentistry for the fearful patient. He believes in helping fearful patients accomplish their goal of being healthy. He serves as a mentor for other dentists through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
Dentistry is as much of an art as a science. Dr. Linger is an artist in both his professional and personal life. An avid musician, he plays guitar, piano, and several other instruments. He also has a passion for cooking and enjoys mountain biking and skiing. He and wife Sabrina have two daughters.
“Why would someone drive all the way from Lenoir, N.C. for their dental care (A risk of 1.5 hours each way)? There are two main reasons: Great service culture. Everybody in this organization provides great service and staying current – This is a staff that constantly works hard to stay up-to-date in their field. I’ve found it an unbeatable combination! Great service”