Dentist - Bloomington

4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

812-332-2000
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.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
September 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Oral surgery (also called maxillofacial surgery) is any procedure that requires your dentist to treat a dental problem in the soft tissues of the oral surgerymouth, jaw, or face. In most cases, the dentist must go beneath the surface of the gums to get to the root of the issue. Learn about the various types of oral surgeries offered by Dr. Lisa Baker at her Bloomington, IN family dentist office.

Dental Implants
Dental implantation is considered a type of oral surgery. Your dentist must surgically place the tiny titanium implant inside of the gum line. The procedure may require some adjustments or incisions to be made to make room for the implant. Bone grafting is another type of surgery that is sometimes done in advance of dental implants. Grafting strengthens the bone tissue that will support the implant.

Periodontal Surgery
Severe periodontitis is a form of gum disease that affects over five million Americans according to the CDC. One of the most common oral surgeries is periodontal therapy. During this procedure, the gums are opened so that the dentist can remove bad tissue from around the roots of the teeth. Once your Bloomington, IN family dentist removes that bad tissue, healthy tissue has a chance to regenerate. This type of surgery is done in advanced cases of periodontitis to avoid tooth loss.

Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth must be extracted, that is also an oral surgery procedure. Wisdom teeth that become impacted or infected must be removed by your dentist to preserve your oral health. In some cases, they must be extracted as a part of orthodontic treatment.

Schedule a Consultation
After a consultation with your family dentist, you may find that your dental problem may require oral surgery. Call Dr. Lisa Baker’s Bloomington, IN office today at 812-332-2000 to schedule an appointment.

There are many ways to protect your child’s growing smile from decay.Dental Sealants

As parents, we all worry about our children developing cavities. Not only is it an expense that we would rather not face but no child wants to sit in a dental chair dealing with the scary sounds of a drill. However, our Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, is here to tell you that there is yet one more thing you can do to protect your child’s smile from cavities and it’s called dental sealants.

What are dental sealants and what do they do?

This special, oral-friendly plastic coating is placed over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to help seal it and keep food and bacteria from getting trapped. Sealants are only placed on your child’s molars because, as you can see, the chewing surfaces of the molars have a lot of nooks and crannies where food and bacteria can easily hide. Even kids who maintain great oral hygiene can’t always get all the bacteria out of these crevices. This is where dental sealants come in. By sealing these crevices we reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities in more susceptible areas of their smiles.

How are dental sealants placed?

When your child comes in to visit their Bloomington dentist for their six-month cleaning, we will also be able to place sealants. This procedure is completely painless and only takes a few minutes to complete. We will start by painting the tops of these back teeth with the clear plastic sealant. Once the sealant is applied a dental laser safely hardens the sealant into place.

Do all kids need sealants?

Getting dental sealants is a choice between you and your child. As you can see, dental sealants certainly offer another great way to protect teeth and prevent decay. Of course, sealants should not be a replacement for good brushing and flossing. Your child’s oral routine should stay the same regardless of the preventive care they get from us. At-home care is just as important between routine dental visits; however, sealants can be a great option for kids who are at a high risk for developing cavities, but even kids with healthy smiles may be able to benefit.

Are you ready to find out if your child is a good candidate for dental sealants? If so, it’s time to schedule their routine checkup (if you haven’t already) and let our Bloomington, IN, general dentist know that you are interested in dental sealants for your child.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been considering whitening your teeth but aren't sure if you want to deal with hassle of painting on a whitening solution for teeth whiteningweeks or applying tiny strips to your teeth? Professional teeth whitening offers a better alternative. Gentle dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker of Bloomington, IN, discusses why whitening is so important and explains how the process works.

A dull smile has social implications

Like it or not, we're judged on the condition of our smiles. Dull, yellow teeth tend to be viewed unfavorably by many people and can even affect your social and business life. In fact, people with whiter smiles received higher scores for social competence and intellectual ability in a study published in the British Dental Journal in 2007. Luckily, it's easy to improve your appearance with teeth whitening treatment.

Teeth whitening is safe and effective

Whitening bleaches out stains that dull teeth. The treatment is very effective in treating stains that darken the enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth. Stains in enamel tend to occur if you use products that contain tobacco or regularly eat or drink darkly pigmented foods or beverages. Yellowing can also be a natural consequence of aging.

Teeth whitening gets rid of stains by bleaching them. Hydrogen peroxide, the whitening agent dentist's use, is highly concentrated, yet very safe and effective. When you visit our Bloomington office for professional whitening, you'll see an impressive transformation in an hour or less.

Over-the-counter whitening kits aren't always easy to use. The one-size-fits-all trays may not fit your mouth well, which may expose your gums to the hydrogen peroxide, causing tooth sensitivity. Before your professional whitening session begins, a protective gel will be applied to your gums to protect them. Your lips and cheeks will also be lifted off your teeth with retractors to avoid damage to these sensitive tissues.

You play an important role in the success of your treatment. Although you'll probably see a three- to eight-shade difference in your teeth, your smile will become dull again if you continue to smoke or drink or eat darkly colored foods and beverages. If you avoid or limit these substances, your smile may stay white for two or three years or longer.

Keep your smile sparkling with professional teeth whitening. Call Dr. Baker of Bloomington, IN, at (812) 332-2000 to schedule an appointment.





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