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    All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equal

    Ladera Ranch Teeth Bleaching Will an of our locally advertised teeth whitening options remove the stains from your teeth?

    The effectiveness of teeth bleaching in Mission Viejo depends partly on the types of stains.

    Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

    Unfortunately, even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for Rancho Santa Margarita men and women.

    Intrinsic tooth stains develop from the inside out. Tooth injury and tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove completely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening available at your Las Sorres cosmetic dental office.

    If your teeth are stained, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call Parker Dentistry at 949-429-0717. We have treated many San Juan Capistrano patients with extreme tooth discoloration.

    It is never too late or too early to brighten your smile.

    Ladera Ranch seniors can take years off their appearance by restoring the youthful white smile they once enjoyed. Teens and young adults with surface stains can prevent them from becoming intrinsic stains with tooth bleaching.

    Speaking of the younger set, did you know that people who drink energy drinks are at risk for many dental problems?

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    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

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    Hello! I’m Lincoln Parker, DMD, of Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 2013. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or bad bite.

    Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

    If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related issues. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.

    The domino effect of these troubles can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and ability to perform their job.

    Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty costly to treat.

    There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to meet with Dr. Lincoln Parker. Call 949-429-0717 to schedule a consultation and exam.

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

    esthetic smile design Mission Viejo

    It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most revered physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

    There are many problems that are generally considered to detract from unforgettable smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

    Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are frequently considered unattractive.

    There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with industry-leading cosmetic dentistry.

    If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in smile redesigns. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Additionally, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

    When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the essential elements work together to create a natural-looking, celebrated smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 949-429-0717.

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    3 Ways To Minimize Candy Intake At Parties

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    1. Lock yourself in a closet.
    2. Sew your mouth shut.
    3. Wear a shock collar that’s sensitive to sugar particles.

    At Parker Dentistry we understand how hard it is to avoid sweets altogether at Halloween and other sugar-filled holidays. We encourage both unfettered joy and healthy living for all of our patients.

    Moderation in candy intake can help with the prevention of dental caries, but so can consistent brushing and flossing and regular cleanings and check-ups at your family dentist. Keeping the mouth clean and being meticulous are strong indicators for a happy mouth.

    We’re not here to tell our  patients to avoid sugar altogether. We’re not even here to tell you just to sneak a little. Eat as much as your child will let you, just be sure and brush thoroughly – same as any other time of year. Keep in mind that eating a candy bar and then brushing is better than sucking on a lollipop for a half hour.

    When it comes to caring for Ladera Ranch, California’s teeth and cosmetic dentistry needs, Dr. Lincoln Parker works tirelessly to make quality cosmetic dentistry, CEREC crowns, and sedation dentistry available to this entire California community. Services such as family dentistry and dental implants really set us apart from the competition. If we can help you with Bio-Minetic Dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, then we’ve done our job!

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    Save Money With Dental Implants At Parker Dentistry

    Rancho Santa Margarita Tooth ImplantsQ: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
    A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

    Dentistry patients who lose a tooth may not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

    Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

    “Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

    Dr. Scharf notes…

    “With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

    If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

    To schedule a dental implant consultation, call Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch at 949-429-0717. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide comprehensive general dentistry for families in the Ladera Ranch, California area.

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry:

    949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    Stick Out Your Tongue!

    Rancho Santa Margarita oral cancer exams As health professionals, we know that dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums, but we sometimes overlook the importance of the tongue.

    Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

    Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

    When Dr. Parker performs oral exams, the tongue is always checked for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

    Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

    • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
    • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
    • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

    If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. I have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

    • Biotene
    • Sensodyne Pronamel
    • Tom’s of Maine
    • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

    If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local  grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

    Many of my  patients have asked me about tongue-scraping. I recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact my office at 949-429-0717.

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

    how a dental crown is made Ladera Ranch

    Today’s post looks at the complex process required to create a dental crown. Dental crowns can be constructed with metal, ceramic (porcelain), plastics, or varying combinations of these. We will describe the process used to create a porcelain crown, though the steps are similar to those used for other materials.

    Modern porcelain crowns are a technological and artistic marvel that make successful reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced California dental lab techs and expert ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

    As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as pleasing and natural looking as real life teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from Parker Dentistry.)

    When one of our patients needs a crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a laboratory where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the precise dimensions to send to the factory.

    The technologically-advanced factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, resulting in blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.

    The machine then takes the scanned data from the impression and begins milling out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than needed. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.

    The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a shiny, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.

    The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.

    This shell, or coping, will then be exposed to a high temperature for increased durability. It also shrinks to the proper size when exposed to the high temperature. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.

    The shell then leaves the factory for the lab, where layers of colored porcelain are painted on it. A skilled ceramist – an artist in every sense of the word – may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive process accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.

    The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more impenetrable throughout. More hand contouring follows, as needed, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.

    All of this work results in a fantastic crown for one of our patients!

    If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want specifics about smile transformations, call 949-429-0717 to discuss the possibilities.

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    Debunking Dental Myths

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    Today’s Parker Dentistry blog post focuses on three dental-related myths:

    All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth
    We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

    You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway
    Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

    Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal
    We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
    Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

    At Parker Dentistry, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

    If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry or CEREC crowns, call us today to schedule an appointment.

    1“Myths About Root Canals and Root Canal Pain,” American Associate of Endodontists, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx, accessed June 4, 2014

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    How Oral Inflammation Affects Your Health

    inflamed gums Ladera Ranch

    Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of an inflammatory gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Swelling occurs from an auto-immune response of the body reacting to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can affect the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the harmful material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will ensue. If you’re experiencing gum or mouth pain, call the caring staff at Parker Dentistry right away.

    Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related problems. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal issues.

    Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

    If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will occur, eventually causing tooth loss.

    It is vital to practice preventive dental care daily at home and make regular visits to the dentist. Dental appointments should include an exam, cleaning, and full mouth x-rays, along with the vital knowledge and instruction on how to properly care for teeth and gums at home. It is also very important to see your dentist promptly if a tooth suddenly becomes sensitive or you observe any other changes.

    Thanks for visiting our blog. For more specifics about inflammation or periodontal disease, give us a call at 949-429-0717.

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry: 949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


    Excellence In Family Dentistry At Parker Dentistry

    Excellence In Family Dentistry At Parker Dentistry

    At Parker Dentistry, we are proud of our legacy of dental excellence. If you are interviewing family dentists in Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, or San Juan Capistrano, we invite you to visit us.

    Our dental service menu includes general, cosmetic, and orthodontic services for every member of the family.

    We create a pleasant dental experience for our youngest patients and want to make sure they look forward to visits and never develop dental anxiety.

    If you have toddlers and young children, we can guide you in pediatric oral care, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

    If you have older children and teens, in addition to general dentistry, we provide orthodontic services, custom sports mouth guards, and wisdom teeth removal.

    Hundreds of Parker Dentistry patients have dramatically improved their smile with the marvels of cosmetic dentistry including cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

    Cosmetic dentistry techniques and materials are better than ever and some procedures can be completed in just one visit!

    At Parker Dentistry, we treat you like family. To schedule an exam and cleaning, call us at 949-429-0717.

    Say Cheese!

     

    Contact Parker Dentistry:

    949-429-0717

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    777 Corporate Dr Ste 100
    Ladera Ranch, California
    92694

     


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