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4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

812-332-2000
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
September 24, 2020

Did you know that Dr. Lisa Baker offers one-appointment crowns in her family dentistry office? That's right. CEREC one-visit dental crowns give Bloomington, IN, patients restorations that are resilient and realistic in form and function. You, too, can take advantage of this leading-edge dental technology.

The reasons for getting a crown

A crown, or dental cap, is a tooth-shaped restoration crafted from medical-grade porcelain. It fits over the remaining healthy tooth structure, protecting a tooth weakened by:

  • Extensive decay
  • Multiple cracks or chips
  • Abscess or infection (Dr. Baker would perform a root canal treatment first to heal the tooth.)
  • Odd shape, color or size

Also, crowns restore the finest tooth replacement available--the dental implant.

Qualifying for a dental crown

To determine if a crown meets your needs, your family dentist will examine and X-ray your tooth in her Bloomington, IN, office. If it has enough viable structure, she'll prepare the tooth in size and shape to accept the crown.

Here's where CEREC, one-appointment processes come in. CEREC is an abbreviation for Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. Dr. Baker is a well-known expert and mentor of this restorative procedure.

Using a special scanner, she takes a digital impression of the tooth. This is a three-dimensional photo which allows her to design your crown precisely using computer software. This information tells the CEREC milling machine how to carve your crown from a solid block of porcelain. In about 20 minutes, the crown is complete and ready for permanent bonding onto your tooth.

Advantages of one-appointment crowns

Same-appointment crowns save you time: one appointment, and you're done. The entire process takes place at Dr. Baker's office with no off-site dental lab, long-waiting times or temporary crowns. Most patients are in and out in less than two hours.

Also, a CEREC crown is simply beautiful. The porcelain is plaque-resistant, and there are no dark margins as with porcelain fused to metal crowns. With diligent brushing and flossing at home, combined with Dr. Baker's in-office care and cleanings, your crown should last for many years.

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Dr. Lisa Baker and her caring team want their Bloomington area patients to enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles. For more information on amazing same-appointment dental crowns, call us for a consultation at (812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
September 04, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sensitive Teeth   Dentist  

We know that there are lots of people out there who may not want to see the dentist because they are scared that it will be uncomfortable. Our Bloomington, IN, dentist Dr. Lisa Baker understands that gentle dental care is crucial to ensuring that people continue to get the dental checkups and treatments they need for healthy teeth and gums. So if you have sensitive teeth, our gentle dental team can help.

What is tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a painful or uncomfortable sensation felt within one or more teeth that often occurs (and lingers) when teeth come in contact with,

  • Hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Cold weather
  • Acidic or sweet foods

When should you see a dentist about tooth sensitivity?

While a little sensitivity can be normal, if you are dealing with tooth sensitivity regularly or suddenly it may be a time to see our Bloomington, IN, dentist for a proper evaluation. After all, sensitivity can be caused by,

  • Teeth grinding
  • Cavities
  • A broken or cracked tooth
  • Worn fillings
  • Receding gums (sometimes caused by gum disease)
  • Acid reflux

If you notice sensitivity in just a single tooth this is a good indication that you should visit your dentist, as this could be a sign of a fractured, infected or decayed tooth.

How is tooth sensitivity treated?

Our Bloomington, IN, dentist will provide a variety of gentle strategies to tackle your tooth sensitivity, depending on the cause. One way to prevent tooth sensitivity in the first place is by practicing good oral hygiene (e.g. brushing and flossing). If you’re not sure whether your at-home routine is up to snuff, be sure to consult your dentist for advice.

Your dentist may also recommend special desensitizing toothpaste and fluoride treatment if sensitivity is caused by worn enamel. Other treatment options include a root canal, filling replacement, gum grafting (for treating receding gums) or dietary changes (e.g. avoiding sugar or acidic foods and drinks).

Don’t trust your sensitive teeth to just anyone. Our Bloomington, IN, dentist prides herself on providing the ultimate gentle dentistry to everyone from children to seniors. If you want to find out what’s causing your sensitive teeth please call us (812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 13, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Could invisible braces be right for you?

So, you are interested in turning to our Bloomington, IN, family dentist Dr. Lisa Baker to get Invisalign? Of course, you want to make sure that Invisalign is the right treatment for you. We want all of our patients to feel confident about the treatment they receive from our dental team. It’s true that this nearly invisible aligner treatment makes it even easier for teens and adults to get a straighter smile without others noticing their braces. Here are just some of the benefits of getting Invisalign,

They reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease

Most people don’t realize that a crooked or misaligned smile increases their risk for cavities and gum disease. This is because it’s easier for plaque and food to get trapped in areas that are harder to clean through regular brushing and flossing; however, by turning to Invisalign to get a straighter smile you also reduce your risk for these common dental issues and improve your oral health.

They fix bad bites

Overbites, underbites and other bite problems are fairly common, but can make it difficult to chew properly or may even result in speech problems. The good news is that Invisalign can handle most bad bites (also known as malocclusions). This reduces your risk for excessive wear and tear on teeth, jaw pain and other dental dysfunctions.

Treatment is nearly invisible

One of the main reasons both older teens and adults turn to our Bloomington, IN, dentist for Invisalign is that they are looking for a way to get the smile they’ve always wanted without people noticing their braces. Since aligners are made from completely transparent, flexible thermoplastic, they are nearly invisible when worn. Plus, they won’t be visible in photos, so you won’t have to feel self-conscious about taking a selfie!

Still eat what you want

Invisalign aligners are removable, and you absolutely should remove them prior to eating or drinking (except water, of course). The good news is that you don’t have to change your diet and say “no” to some of the foods you love because of your braces. Invisalign fits perfectly into your daily routine without having to make any serious changes. For adults and teens who always seem “on the go”, having a treatment that fits into their routine is game changing.

It’s never too late to get a straighter smile. If you are interested in getting Invisalign here in Bloomington, IN, then call our office today at (812) 332-2000 to schedule a consultation or to learn more about the other dental services we offer.

April 10, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: Smile  

How Invisalign from your dentist in Bloomington, IN, can improve your smile

Would you like to acquire a straighter smile through discreet and comfortable means? This can be achieved with the help of Invisalign, a state-of-the-art way to obtain a straight, beautiful smile with custom-made, completely transparent aligners. Dr. Lisa J. Baker in Bloomington, IN, offers comprehensive dental care services, including Invisalign orthodontic treatment to improve your smile—read on to learn more!

What Invisalign Can Do For You

Invisalign works differently than conventional orthodontics. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic trays, known as aligners. You begin your Invisalign treatment by wearing your first set of aligners for two weeks before moving on to a new set of aligners, which you also wear for two weeks. This pattern repeats until your treatment is complete. You will also visit Dr. Baker every few weeks so she can monitor your progress.

Invisalign offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Nearly invisible treatment, because the aligners are clear and very difficult to notice; all that people will notice is your beautiful smile.
  • Quick results, because Invisalign takes an average of nine to fifteen months to complete; you can have a straight smile quickly and easily.
  • Great oral health, because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss; this makes it easy to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
  • Convenience, because you can also remove the aligners when you eat; this makes it easy to continue enjoying the foods you love.

Invisalign is the perfect choice to correct an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. You can also close gaps between your teeth, and correct tooth rotation/crowding with Invisalign.

If you want to have a straighter smile on your terms, you want Invisalign! To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign or the Invisalign process, itself, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Lisa J. Baker in Bloomington, IN, at (812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Veneers offer several benefits and make it possible to completely transform your smile. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth with various imperfections, including chipped areas, cracks, or stains. At our office in Bloomington, IN, our family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, can help you decide if veneers are the right choice for achieving the smile you desire.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin laminates placed against the front surface of teeth to conceal flaws, such as stains or discolorations. Veneers look completely natural and simply give your teeth a flawless appearance. Examples of cosmetic issues that can be improved with veneers include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Oddly-shaped teeth
  • Uneven tooth surfaces
  • Stains and discolorations
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Excess space between teeth

Veneers are custom made so they fit in place perfectly. They are cemented to the teeth so there is no worry about the veneers coming loose. Once in place, veneers look just like your natural teeth. At our office in Bloomington, IN, our skilled family dentist can help you decide if veneers are right for you.

Benefits of Veneers

There are several benefits associated with veneers. A major benefit is that veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers can give you the flawless smile you desire by concealing various cosmetic issues. Another benefit of veneers is that they look and function just like your natural teeth. No one else will be able to tell you have veneers.

An additional benefit of veneers is that they are cemented to the teeth permanently. Once affixed to the teeth, veneers remain securely in place. You can bite into and chew food with confidence knowing your veneers will not come loose or fall off.

There are many benefits to choosing veneers to improve your smile. To learn more about veneers and whether they are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baker, our family dentist, by calling our office in Bloomington, IN, at (812) 332-2000.





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