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4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

Bloomington, IN Dentist
Lisa J. Baker, DDS
4217 E 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-2000
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By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
August 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC   Dental Crowns  

What if we told you that you can fix your dental defects and have a brand new smile in just one dental appointment? That's the beauty of the CEREC One Appointment crowns that you can get from your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker.

What Are CEREC One Appointment Crowns?

Dental crowns are synthetic caps that you can get from your dentist following a dental procedure such as a root canal to strengthen your teeth. They're also great for covering up damage and improving your smile. However, the process of getting dental crowns can take several dental visits. These appointments involve taking impressions of your teeth, constructing your dental crowns, and finally the installation.

CEREC One Appointment crowns involve using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to reduce the time for the procedure to a single appointment.

Getting CEREC One Appointment Crowns

Your dental appointment will begin with an oral exam and dental X-rays with your Bloomington, IN, family dentist to determine if you need dental crowns. Next, your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive your new dental crowns.

The digital impression that your dentist takes of your teeth is used to create a virtual model of your teeth. This model guides your dentist in making your new dental crowns. Once your crowns are ready, your dentist will glue them to your already prepared teeth. Due to the precision of the imaging techniques, you'll likely need little or no bite adjustments. Your new smile will look natural and beautiful.

Caring for Your Dental Crowns

Your dental crowns can serve you for up to eight years if you care for them properly. Some oral habits such as teeth grinding can reduce the lifetime of your dental crowns. Ensuring that you brush your teeth and floss regularly is also essential to protect your oral health and prevent bacteria and plaque buildup.

If you're on a tight schedule and you're worried about not having enough time to fix your dental imperfections, consider talking to your dentist about CEREC One Appointment crowns. Call (812) 332-2000 to schedule your dental appointment with your family dentist in Bloomington, IN, Dr. Baker today.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Your Bloomington, IN, dentist Dr. Lisa Baker believes it’s far easier and certainly more cost-effective to prevent dental problems from happening in the first place. Preventive dentistry is designed to provide you and your family with everything you need to preserve your natural smile. Some of the preventive dental services we offer include:

Routine cleanings

When you come into our office every six months, we will perform a professional dental cleaning with specialized tools that help us remove plaque and tartar buildup. Tartar is the hardened plaque that cannot be removed with your at-home toothbrush. If tartar is left on teeth and gums because you aren’t coming in regularly for cleanings this will eventually lead to cavities and gum disease.

Annual X-rays

Once a year we’re going to perform oral imaging tests to identify cavities between teeth, as well as infections and bone problems that we may not be able to spot with the naked eye. X-rays can also determine whether your wisdom teeth are coming in normally or if they will be impacted and need to be removed. X-rays can detect problems that we often can’t through a visual oral exam alone.

Oral cancer screenings in Bloomington, IN

Every time you come into the office for a routine checkup, you might not realize it but we also examine the soft tissue of your mouth to look for sores, lesions, patches, and lumps that could be warning signs of oral cancer. In fact, oral cancer is on the rise these days, even among younger populations, so it’s important that you come in every six months so that we can spot any of the warning signs early.

Patient education

Our dental team also knows the importance of good at-home oral care and that knowing how to properly care for your teeth and gums doesn’t always come naturally. Luckily, Dr. Baker and the team can show you proper brushing and flossing techniques, and recommend special products to support healthy teeth and gums based on your age, health, and other circumstances.

Are you looking for a dentist in Bloomington, IN, that can provide you with comprehensive preventive care? If you are ready to schedule a cleaning for you or your family, call Dr. Baker today at 812-332-2000.


By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
April 26, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Bleaching  

Wondering if it’s time to turn to your dentist for professional teeth bleaching?

Smiling offers a load of amazing benefits. It can boost your mood, reduce stress, and may even lower your blood pressure, but if you have a smile that’s yellow then you may not be smiling as often as you’d like. Our Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, can help get you smiling again with professional teeth bleaching. Here are some of the advantages of turning to the pros for bleaching rather than trying to do it yourself.

Results are Nearly Instant

Over-the-counter teeth whitening is certainly not the fastest. Even if you are a stickler for using the whitening strips or trays every night, you may only see a slight difference in your smile after weeks of dedication.

Our in-office teeth bleaching treatment is the most effective way for our Bloomington, IN patients to get a whiter smile in under one hour. Stop trying whitening products from your local pharmacy and opt for the treatment you know will get you the results you want.

Professional Whitening is Safe

You may have heard that bleaching can damage and weaken your teeth, but this simply isn’t true. Oral bleaching agents can only change the color, not the structure of your teeth. Of course, if you are prone to tooth sensitivity then you may want to swap your at-home whitening for bleaching from our Bloomington, IN, dental professional, Dr. Baker.

If you already experience tooth sensitivity, you may be a bit wary to try whitening products, but don’t be. During your in-office teeth bleaching, Dr. Baker and her team will closely monitor you to make sure you are comfortable and not experiencing any sensitivity.

If you do experience sensitivity, we can change and tailor your treatment to make you more comfortable. We also protect gums from irritation by covering them during treatment. This is something at-home whitening just can’t offer.

It’s a Serious Confidence Booster

Who doesn’t want to show off a gorgeous set of radiant teeth? Smiling offers an array of health benefits, and if teeth whitening makes you smile more, then you’ll also notice a boost to your self-esteem and your overall wellbeing.

You’ll no longer have to worry that people are noticing your yellowing teeth instead of talking to you. Now you can flaunt that dazzling smile and feel amazing doing it. If you have an important event or occasion coming up, professional teeth whitening can help you look and feel better fast.

If you’ve tried commercial teeth bleaching products and they aren’t doing the trick, it might be time to turn to your Bloomington, IN, dentist for professional whitening. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker to find out if bleaching is right for you. Call us at (812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Where can you find dental services for the entire family? Look to Lisa Baker DDS, a family dentist in Bloomington, IN. She is a gentle dentist offering a wide range of restorative, cosmetic and preventive treatments. Learn here how a relationship with this caring professional can help you and yours achieve your healthiest smiles ever.

Why choose a family dentist?

Dr. Baker and her team function just like a family themselves, devoted to helping each other deliver superior dental care to the Bloomington, IN, community. Not only is our care kind and high quality, but it is also comprehensive in scope.

What does that mean to you and your loved ones? It means Dr. Baker caters to children, teens and adults--in other words, everyone across the age spectrum, no matter their stage of development, individual need and cosmetic preference. She evaluates and treats each patient as an individual, delivering complete treatment plans for everyone's unique needs and preferences.

Dr. Baker focuses on long-term smile maintenance, including excellent oral function, health and smile appearance. Plus, whenever your family has an emergency, you'll receive a prompt and accurate response no matter when the need arises.

The services we offer

Your family dentist in Bloomington, IN, offers the following treatments:

  • Routine oral exams, professional cleanings and digital X-rays
  • Tooth-colored fillings, using the fast and comfortable SonicFill system
  • CEREC same-day porcelain crowns to support and remake compromised teeth
  • Teeth bleaching with the Sapphire whitening system
  • Composite resin bonding to repair small cosmetic flaws
  • Traditional porcelain veneers to camouflage larger defects
  • Bridgework and dentures, the conventional way to complete smiles
  • Dental implants, the lifelike way to replace missing teeth
  • Bone and soft tissue grating
  • Extractions, including wisdom teeth
  • Invisalign clear aligners, a discreet method of straightening smiles
  • Endodontic therapy (root canal treatments)
  • Gum disease therapy

Plus, being aware of busy personal schedules, Dr. Baker offers appointments Monday through Friday.

Keep that smile for life

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotions states that oral health is critical to overall well-being. Let Dr. Lisa Baker guide your family on the path to complete dental wellness. Call this family dentist in her Bloomington, IN, office for a personal consultation and treatment plan. Phone (812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Bleaching  

These days, achieving that youthful-looking, white, and radiant smile is easy because of the various options available to you. In stores, you can find an array of whitening toothpastes, trays, strips, and mouthwashes. But there’s a huge difference between these over-the-counter or OTC teeth whitening products and professional teeth whitening that only a dentist can provide.

Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN, offers professional teeth bleaching solutions in our office and right in the comfort of your home abode. Find out below how you can benefit from professional teeth whitening.

Comfortable Bleaching Experience
With professional teeth whitening, whether at home or at the dentist's office, you’ll be provided with customized whitening trays that will fit your teeth snugly. This helps prevent the leakage of the bleaching product and avoid sensitivity and irritation. The trays that come with OTC whitening kits, on the other hand, are one-size-fits-all, which increases the risk of potential complications.

Thorough and Precise Whitening Effects
There are usually two types of issues going on when dealing with discolored and dull teeth: intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains are deeper stains, while extrinsic stains are surface stains that occur right in the teeth enamel. OTC whitening solutions are only capable of removing extrinsic stains, while professional teeth whitening is capable of eliminating both surface and deeper stains.

It’s crucial to point out, however, that some stains can’t be treated with professional whitening, such as stains that occur deeper inside the teeth. For these, your dentist may recommend crowns, bonding, or veneers.

Safe Bleaching Treatment
Besides sensitivity, OTC whitening products have been likewise known to result in damage and irritation to the oral tissues. Before proceeding with in-office teeth bleaching, however, your Bloomington, IN, dentist will perform a thorough inspection of your mouth.

This will help determine whether you need to undergo other treatments first to avoid worsening any underlying oral health problems. For instance, exposed tooth roots or failing dental fillings could cause significant issues when exposed to bleaching agents.

Faster Teeth Whitening Results
While OTC teeth whitening solutions show results, they’re usually not as radiant and could take up to many weeks or months to show significant whitening results. By contrast, professional teeth whitening can offer instant results and whitening effects that can range from subtly radiant to celebrity-white Hollywood smiles.

Speak to Us For More Questions or More Information About Professional Teeth Bleaching

Set a meeting with your Bloomington, IN, dentist Dr. Lisa Baker by calling (812) 332-2000.

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