Whether you are one of our patients, or a blogosphere visitor, welcome to my dental blog.
My dental practice is called Parker Dentistry and is located at 777 Corporate Dr Ste 100 in Ladera Ranch, California. I have been practicing dentistry since 2013. Since opening my cosmetic dental practice, I have seen a lot of changes in dental techniques and tooth restoration materials, however, my commitment to the highest quality of care and personal attention to my patients has not changed.
At Parker Dentistry, my friendly staff and I provide a full menu of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. If you are looking for a gentle kid-friendly pediatric dentist or a smile design specialist, I invite you to schedule a consultation. We are enthusiastic about making each visit as quick and pleasant as possible.
If you have California dental insurance, call my office to see if we are contracted with your provider. If you don’t have dental insurance, call us at 949-429-0717 for information on our rates and smile makeover financing options. Budgeting for regular cleanings and checkups can ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life.
Some Rancho Santa Margarita people are unhappy with the way their teeth look but many mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too pricey to pursue.
Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a costly investment. Consider the cost of dental school and post-graduate training for a master level cosmetic dentist. Consider the expense of individually creating multiple restorations at a high-tech dental lab. Consider the cost of setting up and maintaining a full-service dental practice or laboratory.
Before you give up on improving your smile, however, think about a less celebrated but extremely effective and economical cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.
Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unattractive teeth. Bonding can correct a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also repair teeth that have gaps in between them.
How does the dental bonding procedure work?
First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to know the exact color of composite to match the existing teeth. Your dentist will apply liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer. He or she will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens.The tooth is then covered with a conditioning liquid that assists in adhesion.
Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the exact shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps promptly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if required, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.
Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile. Call today at to set up an appointment at949-429-0717.
If you have visited the toothpaste aisle at your Ladera Ranch grocery store, you have probably noticed dozens of products that claim to whiten your teeth. A few years ago, the only over-the-counter tooth whitening options in Rancho Santa Margarita were whitening toothpastes and Crest Whitestrips. Now there is a wide variety of products at every drugstore counter in the area.
Whitening Rinses Whitening rinses are similar to mouthwashes. They kill bacteria, freshen breath and may help remove plaque. Whitening rinses, however, contain tooth-whitening ingredients not found in mouthwashes. Manufacturers advise taking a mouthful of the rinse and letting it slosh around on your teeth for one minute twice a day. Though this method is easy, many users never notice a lightening of their teeth. This is probably because the rinse does not touch your teeth long enough to truly whiten them.
Whitening Strips The whitening strips you can buy in Rancho Santa Margarita grocery stores have a couple of drawbacks. Though they contain a bleaching agent, it is much less potent than those used in dental offices. Another trouble is that they do not whiten between teeth because the strips only touch the front surface. Though it is possible to remove stains, it can take months to see any whitening. By that point, you have probably spent more money than you would have if you’d have chosen the professional system at your Ladera Ranch dental practice.
Teeth Whitening Gels Whitening gels are painted onto teeth with a small brush. One problem with whitening gels is that they only stick to dry teeth. If any saliva gets on the teeth during treatment, the gel is more likely to slide off.
Your child should be naturally proud of his or her smile. It expresses joy, laughter, and fun! To make sure your child has a healthy and desirable smile, start early. Really early.
Dr. Lincoln Parker recommends that you bring your child in for their first dental visit soon after their first birthday. An early check is the first step in preventing issues and setting the stage for lifelong dental health. Dr. Parker will keep the visit short, but perform a thorough visual examination to make sure there are no concerns.
Dr. Parker will advise you on good dental procedures at home, such as correct brushing and flossing. You will also be guided regarding healthy eating choices and the impact of poor choices. It is especially vital to keep your toddler from eating sticky or hard candies that lodge in molars and spaces between teeth. It is also important to monitor the amount of juice they drink and keep it in a cup instead of a bottle.
Any time sugary foods or drinks are in contact with teeth, the enamel is weakened from the acid those substances contain. Prolonged exposure begins to wear the enamel away, setting the stage for cavities. Unlike broken bones that regenerate, once enamel is gone, it’s essentially gone, though fluoride can remineralize weakened enamel to a small degree.
Promoting a healthy, low sugar diet is always ideal for your toddler’s teeth. If your baby or toddler needs a bottle to calm down and go to sleep, make sure that the bottle contains only water.
Other essential habits are to brush and floss your teeth in front of your child. (If you have never been regular flossing – it’s time to start!) Let them see that it is a priority and a comfortable habit in your life. Brush their teeth with a soft bristled brush and a small amount of toothpaste. Let them try it, but always go over their teeth afterward, making sure each tooth is brushed. When finished, give them a cup of water to help rinse the toothpaste out.
Before coming to Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, communicate with your child about the upcoming appointment and let them know that their teeth are going to be checked. Dr. Parker will help your child feel proud of their effort and help them have a pleasing visit, the first of many to come.
Call Dr. Parker at 949-429-0717 to schedule an appointment. Remember also to call any time between scheduled visits with any questions or concerns that might arise. We are devoted to your child’s lifelong dental health.
Dr. Parker serves many families in the Rancho Santa Margarita area with proficiency and compassion. Some of our patients come from Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano. At Parker Dentistry, we love working with children and will help your child have a good experience learning to care for their teeth.
At Parker Dentistry, each member of our friendly team is dedicated to making our youngest patients feel safe and comfortable. Our patients enjoy the friendly atmosphere while benefiting from our state-of-the-art technology.
Most Rancho Santa Margarita dental patients know that cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic dentistry procedures improve your teeth. There are treatments to reshape teeth, straighten teeth, repair damaged teeth, whiten teeth, and replace missing teeth. But what about your gums? Do you realize how integral your soft tissues are to the overall appearance of your smile?
The shape and size of your gumline can make your teeth appear too large or too small or otherwise out of proportion. Gum contouring can correct gums that appear too low or too high in relation to the teeth and design them for the perfect smile.
Ladera Ranch dental patients who are unhappy with their gums might want to consider gum contouring. Many dentists and periodontists in Ladera Ranch offer gum contouring surgery.
This procedure is also called gingival sculpting, gingival contouring or gum graft surgery, but don’t let the term surgery frighten you. It is performed with a precision laser and is minimally invasive. The procedure usually involves little pain and requires no recovery time.
Gum reshaping is not always done for purely cosmetic reasons, it is also used to treat gum recession, a common condition that can lead to decay and tooth loss. In gum graft surgery, soft tissue is frequently taken either from the roof of the mouth, the area surrounding the site of the grafting, or a tissue bank. Gum grafts applied to exposed tooth roots protect teeth from continuing gum recession and decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. Of course, gum grafts often increase the attractiveness of the smile in the process.
Improving a smile beyond just the functional needs can also be explored during an informative consultation with Lincoln Parker. Dr. Lincoln Parker of Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch offers the Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano areas straightforward advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come explore the possibilities, including the cost of a smile makeover. Call to set up a personal consultation today: 949-429-0717
With experience in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, CEREC crowns, and even family dentistry, Parker Dentistry serves their new Ladera Ranch, and San Juan Capistrano patients by answering all of their questions without a hard sell approach. The choice has always been with the patient.
If you have missing teeth, come see our friendly team and let them improve your eating experience. (Haven’t you waited long enough?)
Did you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age?
For many parents in the Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano area, this may come as a surprise. Today in the Parker Dentistry post, we are going to review 4 reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.
1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a child’s first teeth tend to erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.
2. One of the most important things your Las Sorres or San Juan Capistrano dentist will do at this visit will be to clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.
3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.
4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults is establishing good dental habits in their children. Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.
If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.
I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker, of Ladera Ranch. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact my friendly dental team at 949-429-0717.
Hello California friends! Welcome to Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, California. We provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and unprecedented cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. Our services include:
I am Dr. Lincoln Parker. We are located at 777 Corporate Dr Ste 100 in Ladera Ranch, California. I have been practicing advanced dentistry since 2013. By working with an experienced dentist, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.
Perhaps your smile is beautiful and you only need a cleaning. Our talented Parker Dentistry dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.
If you don’t currently have a dentist, or are not happy with your current dentist, we invite you to visit Parker Dentistry for an informative consultation and examination.
The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Ladera Ranch. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor for choosing a dentist. Here are some things you should look for:
Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist. If you live in the Ladera Ranch, California area, there are many options, and most Ladera Ranch locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their Ladera Ranch dentist.
Relationship is a strong factor. Your dentist should be approachable and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dentist chair. After all, your Ladera Ranch dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral health; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your dentist and the dental office staff.
Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Ladera Ranch dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bear in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and provide general dental care through the years.
We are accepting new patients. Give us a call at 949-429-0717 to schedule a friendly consultation.
I have been creating spectacular smiles at my Ladera Ranch cosmetic dental practice since 2013. Each one of my Rancho Santa Margarita smile makeover patients values their new smile almost as much as I value their trust.
My loyal patients, along with my dedicated dental team, have made my professional career particularly rewarding.
Working as a dentist in Ladera Ranch is more than just a job. Likewise, a smile makeover is more than straight, white, beautiful teeth – though that’s a big deal in itself!
My Rancho Santa Margarita cosmetic dentistry patients report that their new smile affects many areas of their life. Some have noticed increased effectiveness in their profession. Others enjoy a richer social life because they are now able to smile, laugh, and eat without self-consciousness.
One of my Mission Viejo patients who had been embarrassed by his damaged teeth for years says his new youthful smile has given him greater confidence and ambition.
Hello, I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker of Parker Dentistry. At Parker Dentistry, we expertly perform the most advanced cosmetic dental procedures available including teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding. We also fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings that blend perfectly with your natural teeth.
Only need a cleaning? Our hygienists perform the most thorough deep cleanings for our patients whose healthy smiles need nothing else.
If you don’t currently have a dentist, we invite you to visit our Ladera Ranch cosmetic dentistry practice and discuss your dental goals. To schedule an exam, cleaning, or consultation, contact us today at 949-429-0717.