Welcome to Our Practice

Tar Heel Smiles

Caitlin Singleton
James H. Eaker, DDS

We appreciate the opportunity to get to know you and look forward to your visit.

What most people want is no dentistry. Utilizing preventive dentistry, technology and caring attitudes, our ultimate goals are to gain your trust by being thorough but honest and to provide comfortable care. We want to help you preserve your natural teeth for life and help you maintain your health at an optimum level.

Conservative dentistry means preserving natural tooth structure as well as trying to make existing restorations last as long as possible. Our patients become like family because we treat them the way they would expect a family member to treat them—with honesty, selflessly, but striving to figure out the best options for treatment. We don’t just offer the most ideal or expensive restorative option but consider pros and cons of no treatment or more simple repair. We aren’t selling anything and are a no pressure place. We take our charge to care for you seriously but we like to enjoy our days, laugh a lot, bird watch and enjoy our patients and each other.

Most people don’t understand dental issues any more than they know how their car motor works. When you find a car mechanic that you know is not trying to sell you things you don’t need, you cling to them. But, you want them to be thorough and be able to tell if a belt is almost worn through or some kind of preventive treatment would be helpful. That analogy probably describes us best.

However, we are thorough with low radiation digital x-rays, in the mouth cameras in all rooms and were the first in the triangle with digital impressions for crown and bridge fabrication. If we provide treatment, simple or complex, we do want it to be done well but as comfortably as we can. We offer bose noise canceling headphones with iTouches, temperpedic pads in all chairs, bird feeders at every window, lots of pillows and blankets and aromatherapy.

We’re not perfect but we try hard to please you. Our office hours reflect our family value to work hard while we are here but try to be home for our families. We can’t be everything to everyone but we want to care for those we have the privilege of serving.

Our services include:

We always welcome new patients of every age. Whether you are new to Durham or seeking an improved dental experience, we invite you to call our office for additional information.

Please join our warm welcome and introduction of:


Dr. Caitlin Singleton

Dr. Caitlin Singleton first stated “when I grow up I am going to be a dentist” at 6 years old! She was able to make that dream happen with inspiration from her childhood dentist, Dr. Strong, & the experiences she had at the Univ. of Michigan’s dental hospital. Dr. Singleton served as an assistant & learned a great deal about treating dental emergencies from toothaches to large trauma cases.

Dr. Singleton is proud to be a dental graduate of UNC – Chapel Hill & has loved living in the south! She enjoys giving back to the community by participating in dental clinics across NC, the nation & the world. Dr. Singleton is dedicated to furthering her dental education & regularly takes continuing education courses to stay current with the latest techniques & technology. She is excited to continue her studies with a 10-part dental series by the world renown Dr. John Kois in Seattle. To read more Click Here!

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Meet Our Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. James (Jim) Hamilton Eaker

    Dr. James (Jim) Hamilton Eaker (pronounced like acre) is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, and completed his undergraduate degree at UNC.


  • Dr.
    Caitlin Singleton

    Dr. Caitlin Singleton first stated, “when I grow up I am going to be a dentist” at 6 years old! She was able to make that dream happen with inspiration from her childhood dentist, Dr. Strong, & the experiences she had at the Univ. of Michigan’s dental hospital. Read More...

  • Donna

    Donna joined us in 1989. Donna has three children and three stepchildren. Her oldest son lives in Colorado and married in 2014,


  • Lisa

    Lisa has three daughters and two stepdaughters. Twins in high school and her oldest attends Guilford College.


  • Mandy

    Mandy joined us in 2004.  She and her husband, Mickey, have a “cutie pie” elementary school-aged daughter,


  • Halcyon

    Halcyon has returned in Hygiene as of September 2014. She worked for us full time for a few years in the 90′s and spent time at home with her children. 


  • Heather

    Heather joined the practice in the Summer of 2015 for 2 days a week in hygiene. She and her husband



What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "As Always wonderful!
    We have been patients of Dr Eaker&his professional staff for many years.They continue to provide us with great dental care in a friendly ,caring atmosphere.We highly recommend this practice!"
    Sue D.
  • "Was able to put me into his schedule very quickly to glue a crown that had come off
    Fast, friendly, and complete service, as has been the case for over 20 years with Dr. Eaker and assistants."
    Gary P.
  • "Best Dentist and Crew Ever
    Dr. Eaker and Crew are very professional, caring and super friendly. His exams are very thorough especially pertaining to the gums He has extended the life of several of my teeth."
    Philip M.

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    Periodontal (Gum) Disease

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    Oral Hygiene for Kids

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    Tips to Prevent Cavities

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Dear Friends,

We are thankful to be up and running safely since June 1st at Tar Heel Smiles. Bluejays, cardinals, and woodpeckers visit daily, and bluebirds are nesting again in one of our boxes. While we hope for a little snow, the daffodils will soon remind us that spring is on its way.

When I established this practice in 1986, I could not have envisioned the level of deep and abiding friendships that would result from our style of practice. Truly, my staff and I are grateful for the atmosphere of more than friendship with so many of our patients — “family” is more accurate. I love dentistry and plan to continue practicing for the foreseeable future, Lord willing.

After overseeing the day-to-day operations of the practice for over 34 years, it is with great excitement and optimism that I am eager to share news of updates for 2021. For some time, I have sought another dentist to assume ownership and management of the practice, in addition to sharing clinical responsibilities. To that end, I am pleased to announce Dr. Caitlin Singleton as the new owner and team manager as of January 25th. While Dr. Singleton will take on this new role within the practice, I still plan to stay on and continue to see patients for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Singleton graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2017. She was the inaugural winner of the Kois award, a scholarship which funds continuing education to facilitate and encourage a strong career foundation for the high-performing dental graduate who best demonstrates a desire to achieve excellence. She has been married for over a year to Tyler, who owns and operates “Furnish This”, a Raleigh furniture store. Their dog, Ockee, who accompanies Tyler every day, is a fun feature of the store.

Dr. Singleton has been working locally in private practice since graduating. She is a gifted clinician and shares my desire to take the time to listen to and get to know patients, focus on what is best for them, and seek clinical excellence. Each meeting with her has further solidified my trust, confidence, and enthusiasm in her ability to fit well with our practice. As she settles in, we plan to expand our menu to include services which we have not previously offered.

With the addition of Dr. Singleton, the office will continue to accommodate new patient appointments, maintain existing patients’ needs, and expand emergency coverage. As always, we welcome and are grateful for referrals of friends and family to our practice. We remain committed to earning your confidence and trust, maintaining the quality of care that our team has devoted to our patient family, and nurturing the friendships that we have forged for more than 34 years.

We want to thank Dr. Alisha Humble, who will be moving on to different ventures, for her dedication to providing compassionate treatment with strong clinical skills for more than two years. We are grateful to her and to her family for their support. We will miss her and we wish her great success in her next steps.

With joy and thankfulness for all of you,

Dr. Jim Eaker