Dentist - Bloomington

4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

812-332-2000
By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Tooth-colored fillingsIn the past, needing a filling to restore your tooth after a cavity meant having a discolored area of your tooth as the filling materials were made from metal. However, dentists now almost exclusively use tooth-colored fillings, which use composite resin materials to restore the tooth. But how do tooth-colored fillings work? How can they help your smile? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings 
The most obvious benefit of tooth-colored fillings is their color, which is customizable to fit perfectly into your smile. Your dentist will use the correct shade of filling material to create a seamless look. Tooth-colored fillings are made up of high-quality dental materials which will last many years with the proper care. Not worrying about discolorations in your smile can also boost confidence and give you the peace of mind you need to laugh and smile without second thoughts. Unlike the old silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings do not expand with temperature changes, making them safer for your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings also take less preparation, allowing them to save more of your natural tooth’s structure.

Do I need a filling? 
Fillings are the treatment for a cavity, which is an early stage of teeth decay. Bacteria builds up on the tooth to create a sticky substance called plaque, which hardens into tartar. The tartar then begins to eat through the tooth’s hard outer layer to form a cavity. During a filling procedure, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it in with the tooth-colored materials to restore its structure. If a cavity reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s soft tissues and nerves, a root canal becomes necessary to treat the infection.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Bloomington, IN 
Tooth-colored fillings keep your smile looking great and functioning efficiently for years to come. For more information on tooth-colored fillings or other dental procedures which can benefit your smile, please contact Dr. Baker in Bloomington, IN. Call 812-332-2000 to schedule your appointment today!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out if professional teeth whitening is the cosmetic treatment your smile needs.Whitening

Even though you love coffee you certainly don’t love the yellowing and stains that it causes your smile. We feel you! It’s never fun to notice that your once radiant smile is anything but. No matter whether you have a special occasion coming up or you just want to give yourself a little makeover, our Bloomington, IN, cosmetic dentist Dr. Lisa Baker is here to explain why professional teeth whitening might be the best approach for your smile.

Why choose in-office teeth whitening?

When you want a significantly whiter smile fast, our in-office whitening system is truly the best approach.

If you’ve ever tried an over-the-counter whitening product you may notice that not much happened after your first time using it. Perhaps you wore those awkward whitening trays and let that gel remain on your teeth for an hour each night and even after a few weeks you still didn’t see the results you wanted. If this has happened to you, you aren’t alone. Many people deal with this exact same issue. If you want really beautiful and visible results without having to whiten your smile yourself then you won’t find a more effective treatment option then turning to our Bloomington, IN, family dentist for whitening.

How does teeth whitening work?

Those stain molecules that formed under the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth were more than likely caused by the foods and drinks you’ve consumed. Smoking is also a major reason people deal with severe dental stains. Of course, there is such a high concentration of the whitening gel’s active ingredient that it actually breaks up these deep-set and stubborn stains in often just one whitening session (depending on the severity of your stains). Before we even begin, we will pull out a shade guide to show us what your smile looks like before treatment.

Next, we will clean the teeth before applying the whitening gel over the front of your teeth (a separator will be used to protect the gums and lips from coming in contact with the gel). The gel will sit on your teeth for up to 15 minutes before being removed and then reapplied. We will reapply the whitening gel 2-3 times during your one-hour whitening session. At the end of your treatment, we will pull out the shade chart one more time to show you just how much whiter we were able to get your smile. It’s that simple!

If you are interested in getting teeth whitening or any cosmetic dentistry treatment in Bloomington, IN, then it’s time to find out if you are the perfect candidate. Call us and schedule your consultation with Dr. Baker today.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
March 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Family dentists make a commitment to treat patients of all ages with the most effective and modern treatments available. They use family dentistpreventative, restorative, and cosmetic care to help patients gain and maintain happy, healthy smiles. Learn more about the importance of having a family dentist and see one soon at Lisa J. Baker, DDS in Bloomington, IN.

Family Dentists Can Help Everyone
Your family is made up of patients of all ages from toddlers to seasoned adults. A well-trained family dentist will meet the unique needs of all of these patients. For instance, young children need special attention to their smiles because they don’t yet understand why good oral hygiene is so important. They can benefit from preventive and protective treatments, like sealants and cavity fillings. Senior patients who have aging smiles can benefit from dentures, bridges, and periodontal therapies. At a certain age, many adults want to explore cosmetic treatments to restore their smiles.

Why Having a Family Dentist Is So Important...
Having a reliable family dentist you can call is as important as having a trusted family doctor. You and your family members need a dentist who knows you personally and understands your dental issues intimately. A family dentist will keep you honest, reminding you of necessary dental appointments and follow-ups after treatments. Best of all, a family dentist can consult you whenever you have questions about how to strengthen or cosmetically improve your smile.

Common Treatments in Family Dentistry
Some people think that the only thing a family dentist can do is cleaning and polishing the teeth. But your Bloomington, IN, dentist can also provide you with the following popular treatments:

  • One visit teeth bleaching.
  • Invisalign for both teens and adults.
  • Dental implants (replacement teeth for adults and seniors).
  • Crowns and veneers.
  • Periodontal therapy for older adults.
  • Oral surgery and endodontics.

Make an Appointment
You don’t have to wait until there’s a problem to see a family dentist—go in for a checkup and cleaning at Dr. Lisa Baker’s office in Bloomington, IN, in the coming weeks. Call (812) 332-2000 today to make an appointment.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign treatment from your dentist in Bloomington can give you a great smileinvisalign

Everyone can benefit from a straight smile. The truth is a straight smile just looks more attractive. A straight smile is also much easier to keep clean. If you have always wanted a straighter smile but have been held back by the thought of uncomfortable brackets and wires, it’s time to think differently about orthodontic treatment. You need to discover Invisalign!

Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN wants to share the facts about revolutionary Invisalign treatment and what it can do for your smile. Invisalign is the state-of-the-art way to straighten your smile discreetly.

Invisalign is completely different because it uses a system of comfortable clear plastic trays called aligners to straighten your smile gently and effectively. You will be given a set of aligners to wear for a two week period, and then you move on to another set. You progress to a different set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. That’s it!

Many people prefer Invisalign because Invisalign treatment is:

  • Quick; average treatment takes between 9 and 15 months, compared to years for brackets and wires
  • Comfortable; Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to poke into sensitive tissue
  • Virtually invisible; Invisalign aligners are clear and beautiful, so no one will notice them
  • Easy maintenance; you can remove the aligners to brush and floss, and to eat the foods you love

Invisalign aligners may look completely different than brackets and wires, but they are strong enough to correct the same troublesome alignment issues including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and gaps or overlapping teeth.

For more detailed information about this revolutionary way to achieve a straight smile, please visit the Invisalign page on Dr. Baker’s website at https://www.drlisabaker.net/invisalign.html

It’s time to discover how to straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. To get started on your new straight smile call Dr. Baker in Bloomington, IN today!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
November 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gentle Dentist  

Do you want to improve the appearance of your smile? Well, look no further. Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN, can help you!gental dentist

Here are a few cosmetic procedures:

Tooth-colored fillings: Fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teet

Teeth Whitening: There are two types of teeth whitening treatments provided: in-office teeth whitening or a take-home whitening kit. The in-office procedure is quite simple and time-effective for the busy individual. If you don't have time to visit your dentist for an hour, you can use the take-home whitening kit. Both types should result in whiter teeth.

Bridges: They are custom-made oral appliances that can conceal dental gaps, and help restore proper bite and chewing functions. There are different types of bridges:

  • Fixed partial dentures, which are bonded to existing dental implants or natural teeth, come in many forms: conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.
  • A removable bridge can be removed so you can clean it yourself, unlike the fixed partial dentures.

Dental Implants: They are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability, strength and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. Your Bloomington dentist will seal your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. When you come back to his or her dentist's office, the doctor will re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

For more information about any procedures or to make an appointment, call Dr. Baker's Bloomington, IN, office at 812-332-2000.





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