Dentist - Bloomington

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
January 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Cosmetic Fillings  

Today's dental patients have a treatment of choice for tooth decay: cosmetic fillings. Colored to match healthy tooth structure, cosmetic fillings are placed by your family dentist in Bloomington, IN, Dr. Lisa Baker. Durable and realistic, these restorations help you forget you ever had cavities.

What is a dental cavity?

Also called dental caries, cavities are holes in your tooth enamel. Caused by acid-secreting bacteria in plaque and tartar on and between teeth, cavities worsen when untreated. In fact, as they progress, they can destroy interior pulp and even progress into the jaw bone. While preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among Americans ages 20 to 64, says the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

How your family dentist can help

In her Bloomington, IN, office, Dr. Baker uses a variety of filling materials to restore decayed teeth. For small to moderately-sized cavities, she usually chooses composite resin, a mix of plastic and glass powders. Composite resin is colored to match your tooth perfectly, and it is highly moldable, making it a perfect complement to your natural tooth structure.

After your dentist has removed the decayed portions of your tooth, she carefully layers the resin into the prepared site and hardens each layer with a blue light. Because of the resin's chemical properties, your dentist removes far less healthy tooth structure than traditional restorations require. This makes your restored tooth more flexible and durable.

Other cosmetic filling materials

Besides composite resin, Dr. Baker offers glass ionomer and porcelain fillings. As with composite resin, these fillings are tooth-colored and unnoticeable.

Glass ionomer works well on the sides of teeth (the non-chewing surfaces) and on exposed roots.

Finally, porcelain fillings--onlays and inlays--fill large cavities on back teeth. They replace or lie between the cusps of the teeth and are bonded with permanent cement.

A strong, healthy smile

Dr. Lisa Baker and her team will help you have one for life. If you need a filling, please call her Bloomington, IN, office for an appointment:(812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
December 02, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Want to bleach your teeth to get that beautiful Hollywood smile?

Dr. Lisa J. Baker of Bloomington, IN, provides patients with bleaching and non-bleaching products to whiten teeth. A dental procedure Teeth-Whiteningnecessary for people who have stained or yellowed teeth.
 

How are teeth stained?

  • Foods and beverages like coffee, tea, sodas, red wines, and certain fruits or vegetables.

  • Chewing tobacco and smoking can stain teeth.

  • Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.

  • Several diseases affect enamel and expose dentin, the yellow layer under enamel, and certain treatments like radiation and chemotherapy can cause teeth discoloration.

  • Certain medications, antibiotics, tetracycline, and doxycycline, discolor teeth.

  • Certain dental materials like amalgam restorations, silver sulfide-containing materials, can cause graying of teeth.

  • Aging is natural but of course with that enamel gets worn away, revealing the yellow dentin.

  • Genetics dictates the natural color of enamel.

  • The environment can contribute to staining. Too much and excessive use of toothpaste containing fluoride and fluoride supplements may cause discoloration.

  • Trauma can disturb enamel as a child, causing discoloration to adult teeth.

 

So, how are teeth whitened?

Non-bleaching products are abrasive because the consist of strong chemicals that remove only surface stains on teeth but bleaching products, when used by your Bloomington family dentist, brighten your teeth several shades because they consist of peroxide.

Dr. Baker uses another method, other than bleaching. A flexible device is given to patients. A special gel is placed into the device and you're to place it over your teeth and wear it for a certain period of time. After removing the device, a second bleaching agent is applied on teeth and a special light activates the chemical to whiten teeth.

Need a consultation? If you have more questions about teeth bleaching, make sure you call your family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, in Bloomington, IN, at (812) 332-2000 today! Everybody deserves a great smile that makes them feel confident.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
July 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Chances are good that you’ve heard of Invisalign treatment, the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. Teens and adults all over the country are turning to Invisalign to get their ideal smile, and you could be a great candidate too if you are looking to fix a crooked or misaligned smile. From the office of our Bloomington, IN, dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, here are the benefits you’ll enjoy when you choose Invisalign:

Smile Preservation

Teeth that are crooked or misaligned can often wear away more quickly because the jaw is putting more pressure on certain teeth when biting and chewing. One way to prevent this problem is to get orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile and redistribute the weight evenly. By getting Invisalign you could end up protecting your teeth from serious damage.

Simple Oral Care

With traditional braces, it can be challenging to properly brush and floss around brackets and wires. After all, the last thing you want to deal with during orthodontic treatment cavities. Conversely, with Invisalign, you can actually remove your aligners prior to brushing and flossing, allowing you to care for your smile as you normally would.

No Need to Change Your Diet

Again, traditional braces come with a set of rules that don’t really apply to Invisalign. Besides making oral care easy you also won’t have to change your diet around to accommodate your treatment. Just remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking and you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your braces.

Quicker Treatment

If you are an adult who is getting Invisalign from our Bloomington, IN, general dentist, then you may actually achieve results faster with Invisalign than you would with traditional braces (depending on the issues you are looking to correct, of course).

The average length of treatment with Invisalign is one year, however, you may get a straighter smile even sooner.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Are you interested in getting invisible orthodontic treatment? Wondering if Invisalign is right for you? If so, call our Bloomington, IN, dental practice today at (812) 332-2000 to schedule your consultation.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
July 19, 2019
Category: Dental

I think we can all agree that it’s much easier to implement proper preventive care measures every day to reduce your risk for decay and gum disease rather than just waiting to treat the problem once it happens. According to the CDC, approximately one in four American adults have untreated tooth decay. Here’s why everyone can benefit from visiting our Bloomington, IN, family dentist Dr. Lisa Baker every six months for cleanings and dental checkups:

Prevent Oral Health Problems

This is the number one reason everyone, no matter how healthy they are, should visit a dentist twice a year. Even those patients who are thorough brushers and avid flossers can still miss spots, leaving plaque and tartar to buildup. If you don’t have plaque and tartar removed this can lead to decay and gum disease. While tartar cannot be removed with an at-home toothbrush, our Bloomington, IN, dental team has the right tools to remove it.

Early Detection

While the goal is always to enforce proper at-home oral care and positive habits to keep teeth and gums healthy, we know that sometimes problems still occur. Since many problems, particularly gum disease, don’t always cause symptoms many people may have serious oral health issues brewing that they don’t even know is happening. By coming in every six months we can pinpoint decay and other issues early on when they can either be reversed or properly managed without complications.

Screen for Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is another problem that may not always present with obvious symptoms or signs. Of course, our dental team knows exactly what to look for to detect suspicious growths, lesions and changes in tissue that you might overlook. An oral cancer screening is the most effective tool that we have for the early detection of oral cancer. This painless physical exam screening is performed during each checkup, only takes a minute to complete and could just save your life.

Is it time to schedule cleanings for the whole family? No matter when you last visited the dentist, it’s never too late to create a long, trusting relationship with Dr. Baker in Bloomington, IN, that will put you and your family’s needs first. Call our dental office at (812) 332-2000 today to schedule your next checkup!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC  

Getting a dental crown is faster than ever, thanks to CEREC same-day crowns. Your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker can help you protect or enhance your smile with CEREC dental crowns.

Dental crowns in half the time

Before CEREC, adding a dental crown to a tooth required two visits. During the first appointment, your Bloomington, IN, dentist used to crownreduce the size of your tooth and made an impression of your mouth. She sent the impression off to a dental laboratory and placed a temporary crown on your tooth.

Unfortunately, your crown order was just one of many that the laboratory received. In most cases, you waited about two weeks for your new crown to be completed. In the meantime, you had to avoid tough or sticky foods that could damage or dislodge your temporary crown.

Today, there's no need to wait for a dental laboratory to fabricate your crown. In fact, Dr. Baker makes your CEREC crown for you in her office during your first and only crown appointment.

How does the CEREC process work?

Dr. Baker will still make your tooth a little smaller in preparation for your crown and take an impression of your mouth. If you received a crown in the past, dental putty may have been used for your impression. Although putty produces good results, it's messy and makes some people gag. The CEREC system uses putty-less digital impressions instead and provides a much more comfortable impression experience.

Your dentist uses CEREC's innovative software to design your new crown, then sends it to a milling machine, a device that's like a 3-D printer for crowns. The milling machine removes layers from a block of ceramic or resin to create your new crown while you wait. After the crown is ready, Dr. Baker will check its fit, make a few adjustments if necessary, and attach the restoration to your tooth with dental cement.

Same-day CEREC crowns offer an excellent alternative to two-visit porcelain crowns. Have you been putting off getting a crown? Call your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Baker at (812) 332-2000 to schedule an appointment today!





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