Whether you live in Ladera Ranch, Cucamonga, or some far-flung locale, you know a root canal is one of the most dreaded dental procedures there is. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A successful root canal can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
If Dr. Lincoln Parker determines that you need a root canal, he’ll explain that root canals are performed to save an infected tooth. If the tooth goes untreated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.
During the procedure, the tooth’s nerve and pulp are removed. Next, the interior is cleaned and disinfected. Then it is filling and sealed with a special rubbery material. Finally, the restored tooth is sealed with a crown or filling.
Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Parker Dentistry. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, focus turns to helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.
Lincoln Parker at Parker Dentistry performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with meaningful problems) into beautiful smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to confirm if you will still look like yourself.
The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, Dr. Lincoln Parker uses nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is important to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a a terrific smile makeover. Here are a few:
Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
Gumline – shape and color
Face Shape and Bone Structure
Lips – color, shape, size
This list is not comprehensive, but gives you an idea of the complexity. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.
But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are passionate about the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to speak with Ladera Ranch dentist Dr. Parker about your current smile and the unforgettable smile you desire.
When you meet someone in Rancho Santa Margarita who is missing a front tooth, what does that say to you? Do you wonder if they were in an accident? Do you automatically start making assumptions about their income, level of education and overall physical health?
Though it is extremely unfair, we are often judged (and misjudged) by our appearance. Even if a person is impeccably dressed and groomed, a missing front tooth detracts from the overall pleasing impression.
Here is a personal story from a woman who lost a tooth:
I lost my job and along with it my dental insurance, then a month later, one of my front teeth. It has been very hard to find work…. and I know the missing tooth has cost me several jobs.”
A missing tooth can be a big deal.
Dental implants not only restore oral health, they restore self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Studies have shown that after more than 20 years, the vast majority of dental implants placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons continue to function at peak performance. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Not all cosmetic dental procedures are as extreme as teeth implants. There are many minimally-invasive remedies for unattractive smiles.
Porcelain veneers instantly provide a perfect, gleaming tooth surface for Rancho Santa Margarita patients with broken or discolored teeth. Tooth whitening is a quick and affordable dentistry procedure in Mission Viejo that achieves dramatic results without requiring the removal of any tooth structure. Call Parker Dentistry at 949-429-0717 for more information about smile design and restorative dentistry- Dr. Lincoln Parker
Declining health, limited mobility, financial strains – clearly, aging is not for whimps. Though some challenges seniors face can’t be avoided, others can. Dental problems, for instance.
Many dental problems common among Rancho Santa Margarita retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.
With modern cosmetic dentistry at Parker Dentistry, mature men and women can have an exceptional smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.
If you live in Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, or Rancho Santa Margarita, call 949-429-0717 to schedule an exam and consultation. You can talk to us about porcelain crowns and veneers, tooth-colored fillings, implant-supported dentures, invisible braces, and teeth whitening.
It may sound like a catastrophe to many people, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t always mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to correct your smile. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are your tooth can be salvaged.
The vital thing for Ladera Ranch dental patients to do if they’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find the tooth, handle it carefully, and keep it in the best condition possible so their dentist can reinsert it properly.
Do not handle the tooth by the root, be careful to only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.
If it is possible, the optimal place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course). Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.
Next, you’ll want to get to your dentist straightaway. Most teeth that can be reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.
I’m Dr. Lincoln Parker. My practice, Parker Dentistry, is in Ladera Ranch. If you are looking for exceptional dental care, I hope you’ll give us a call at 949-429-0717. We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, complete smile makeovers, and family dentistry.
Call us at 949-429-0717 immediately if you have a dental emergency!
When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.
Since you have probably discovered by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s post offers some important advice about your oral health. Developing a relationship with a skilled, experienced, and friendly family dentist is critical for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Dr. Lincoln Parker your partner in oral health.
Visit Parker Dentistry For the Truth. Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits corrected right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.
Visit Parker Dentistry For the Atmosphere. At Parker Dentistry the dentist makes it a point to know your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Dr. Lincoln Parker would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere friendly.
Visit Parker Dentistry For the Discussion. Lincoln Parker DMD delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding Bio-Minetic Dentistry, CEREC one day crowns, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Parker provides fresh, clear details regarding your treatment. You can count on helpful care and unprecedented oral treatment. Call 949-429-0717 today to schedule an appointment. Visit Parker Dentistry For the Answers. When you enter our doors at 777 Corporate Dr Ste 100, Ladera Ranch, California 92694, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of dental implants or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for CEREC crowns? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for sedation dentistry? Where does it hurt when cosmetic dentistry is done? Who is a candidate for family dentistry? What are symptoms of teeth grinding? Visit Us For Your Health! Health is maintained through regular check ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene and healthy habits. Dr. Lincoln Parker is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our San Juan Capistrano and nearby Mission Viejo neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.
Close your eyes. Picture the most dazzling smile you have ever seen. Perhaps it is the pleasing smile of your significant other. Perhaps it is your favorite actor, actress, or singer. What makes this smile memorable? The brilliant color? The beautiful translucency? The pleasing shape? The alignment of the teeth? All of the above?
Would you like a smile as notable as the outstanding image in your mind? It’s possible with cosmetic dentistry at Parker Dentistry.
Dr. Parker skillfully redesigns smiles to correct alignment, dull color, damage, and stains.
Cosmetic dental procedures include the ever-popular porcelain veneers (gives teeth a brand new face), crown restorations, teeth whitening, orthodontics (quicker and easier than ever!), and dental bonding (affordable and effective).
You can have a billboard-perfect smile right here in Ladera Ranch.
The very same innovative cosmetic dental procedures used on famous smiles are available at Parker Dentistry. A celebrity salary and jet-setting lifestyle may be out of reach, but not a red carpet-worthy smile.
Come in for a smile design consultation to learn what cosmetic dentistry can do for your world class smile! Call 949-429-0717 to book your appointment today.
Dental anxiety and the more severe dental phobia affect many Ladera Ranch people, including some Parker Dentistry patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this vital topic.
What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety and dental phobia? The most detrimental consequence is when a dental phobic patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the trouble is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.
Additionally, there are usually many other dental problems in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.
There is also another anxiety at play, albeit a very ironic one. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care starts panicking about the sorry condition of their teeth. If I have dental phobia or anxiety, what should I do to protect my oral health? Schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Lincoln Parker of Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch. There are several distinct fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, fear of the unknown, fear of loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most common concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your individual fears and discuss them.
I have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. I explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. If the patient is embarrassed about their lack of daily oral hygiene or dental cleanings in the past, I assure the patient that I have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock me. I never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care – though I do give friendly instruction if requested.
If local anesthetic is required, I employ my finely-honed procedures which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to cue me to remove my instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.
These practices go a long way to assuage anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is needed ASAP. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by increased familiarity, greater confidence, and a strengthened relationship with me and my friendly team.
What if I need more help to get through treatment? In the Ladera Ranch dental community, the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are both used, however, they are not exactly the same thing. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.
Level 1: Nitrous Oxide Nitrous oxide, or, informally, “laughing gas” is safe and effective. Nitrous oxide has been used in Ladera Ranch cosmetic dental offices for decades because in many ways it is the optimal mild sedative. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment without rendering them completely unconscious, and wears off quickly after the mask is removed. And no needles are needed – a critical feature for the needle-phobic.
Level 2: Oral Conscious Sedation Oral sedatives don’t start working as rapidly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of relaxation. These medications, however, do not usually bring about complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by Ladera Ranch dentists to calm patient’s fears are diazepam and triazolam.
Level 3: IV Sedation IV sedation produces actual “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to the dental procedures they are receiving. IV sedation is beneficial for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, multi-procedure smile makeovers, and oral surgery.
Want to fix something about your teeth that you don’t like? You have plenty of options. For example, a porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or slightly misshapen. Dental bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.
Some dental problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontia followed by tooth bleaching totally transforms a smile by straightening and whitening.
What is the difference between tooth bleaching and whitening? Whitening is the term for procedures which remove surface stains to restore the degree of natural lightness. Bleaching goes even further by lightening teeth beyond their natural shade. That’s right: you don’t have to resign yourself to yellow teeth even if they have been that way your whole life! The natural shade of your teeth, by the way, like your skin and hair color, is determined by genetics.
Some Ladera Ranch smiles have been gleaming for years by regular whitening. You can maintain the whiteness of your teeth just as you maintain your fitness level. (Of course it is a lot easier to make a quick visit to your Ladera Ranch dentist once a year for whitening touch-ups than sweating in a gym several times a week!)
We live in an age where severe dental problems can be permanently corrected. You don’t have to participate in a TV makeover show in Hollywood to access these premium cosmetic dental procedures.
Schedule a consultation at Parker Dentistry to discover the perfect combination of procedures to achieve your ultimate smile. Our phone number is 949-429-0717.
Dentists are dedicated to your oral health and care about the condition of your teeth. At Parker Dentistry we recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue.
Healthy teeth and gums are an essential component of complete physical and mental health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrasment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team of dental professonals at Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, California, wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your health in any way.
We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set are your ‘primary teeth’, which many people around Ladera Ranch often call ‘baby teeth’. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth for a Ladera Ranch resident has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.
Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6 for most Ladera Ranch residents, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth’.
Caring for all of your teeth – whether you are young and have 20 primary teeth or are an adult and have 28 to 32 permanent teeth – is necessary for total energy. Let Parker Dentistry help keep you healthy and happy.