Dentist - Bloomington

4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

812-332-2000
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!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you hate looking at photos of yourself because your teeth have become dull and yellow? Brightening your smile can be as easy as Bright White Smilemaking an appointment with your dentist. Thanks to teeth bleaching, offered by your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, your smile will be picture perfect once again.

How your teeth become dull

Teeth don't stay white for long if they're exposed to substances that can stain them. Exposure to tobacco or foods or beverages that contain dark pigments can make your teeth look dull and yellow. Foods and beverages most likely to stain teeth include coffee, tea, wine, soda, berries, ketchup, soy sauce, popsicles, sports drink, and brightly colored candies.

Although brushing is an excellent way to remove cavity-causing plaque from your teeth, it isn't quite as effective in getting rid of stains. The pigments that stain your teeth drift into microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As more and more pigments are deposited in the pores, the duller your smile becomes.

Bleaching eliminates stains

Your Bloomington, IN, family dentist uses a whitening agent that contains hydrogen peroxide, a safe, powerful, and natural whitener. The hydrogen peroxide gel penetrates the pores in your enamel and bleaches stains away.

If you've ever tried whitening at home, you've probably noticed that hydrogen peroxide is also the active ingredient in over-the-counter whiteners. The products you can buy in stores and online contain much weaker formulations of the chemical compound. They may not be strong enough to produce the desired results or may require weeks or months of bleaching.

Professional teeth bleaching only takes about an hour. After the gel is removed from your teeth, your teeth will be three to eight shades lighter. Bleaching results can keep your smile bright and white for as long as five years.

Your safety and comfort is your dentist's priority

Sensitivity can be an issue during whitening. Your dentist uses a special gel to protect your roots and gums during your session and also places retractors in your mouth to hold your cheeks and lips away from your teeth. If you've experienced sensitivity in the past, she can choose the ideal hydrogen peroxide strength to prevent sensitivity.

Are you ready to brighten your smile with teeth bleaching? Call your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, at (812) 332-2000 to schedule your appointment.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign is an innovative alternative to braces for straightening the teeth. There are no hard brackets and wires. Invisalign utilizes soft aligner trays to gently move and straighten the teeth. In addition to being comfortable to wear, there are several other advantages of choosing Invisalign aligner trays for straightening your smile. A dentist can help you decide if Invisalign is the right teeth straightening option for you. Dr. Lisa Baker is your dentist for Invisalign in Bloomington, IN.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic system for straightening and aligning the teeth. Invisalign consists of a set of two aligner trays, one for each row of teeth. The trays are made from a soft plastic material and are custom created for each patient for a perfect fit. Each set of trays is worn for a few weeks before being replaced with a new set. The positioning of the teeth is slightly altered with each new set of aligner trays, which helps gently move the teeth toward the desired final position. Treatment typically takes about twelve months to achieve the desired results.

Benefits of Invisalign

There are many benefits associated with Invisalign, particular when compared with more traditional types of braces. One advantage of Invisalign is that there are no hard brackets or wires to poke or irritate the mouth and gums. The aligner trays are soft, flexible, and comfortable to wear. Further, the trays are removable. Removing the trays to eat and drink helps prevent food particles from being caught in the trays. Additionally, removing the trays to brush and floss makes maintaining good oral hygiene easier.

Another advantage of Invisalign is that it is extremely discreet. The soft plastic material used to create the custom aligner trays is clear so the trays are virtually unnoticeable to others. Plus, since the trays are removable, they can be taken out if needed, such as for photos, interviews, and other important events. Your Bloomington dentist Dr. Baker can help you decide if Invisalign is the right choice for you.

Invisalign could be right for you if you wish to straighten your smile discreetly and comfortably. For Invisalign in Bloomington, IN, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baker by calling the office at (812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownDental crowns can help your smile in several ways. Crowns can protect damaged teeth from sustaining additional damage. They can also dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns, such as cracks, stains, or discolorations. Crowns can also restore normal biting and chewing functions in teeth that were previously too weak or worn down to function properly. Your dentist can help you decide if crowns are right for you. Dr. Lisa Baker is your Bloomington, IN family dentist for dental crowns.

What are Crowns?

Crowns are placed over problem teeth like caps. Once in place, the problem tooth is completely encapsulated by the crown where it remains protected and concealed. The crown looks and functions just like a natural tooth so no one will be able to tell the difference between it and the natural teeth surrounding it. Crowns can be made from various materials, but porcelain is a common choice as it closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain can also be color matched to your teeth for the most natural look possible.

Crowns serve several purposes. They strengthen, restore, and protect teeth, as well as transform their appearance. Cosmetic flaws and imperfections in the natural tooth, such as cracks or stains, will be concealed beneath the crown and the tooth will have a flawless new look. Teeth that are damaged, weak, or worn down can be strengthened and restored as the crown protects the tooth underneath and takes on the work of biting and chewing. Crowns provide weak teeth with a strong and durable new outer shell.

Benefits of Crowns

There are multiple benefits to selecting crowns for restorative or cosmetic purposes. In addition to restoring normal functioning in weak or damaged teeth, crowns can also restore your smile by replacing missing teeth when placed over a dental implant. Your Bloomington family dentist can help you decide if crowns are the right restorative or cosmetic option for you. Other benefits of crowns include:

  • Concealing stains and discolorations
  • Protecting chipped or cracked teeth
  • Restoring normal tooth functioning
  • Strengthening weak or damaged teeth
  • Improving the appearance of oddly-shaped teeth

Crowns can help your smile by strengthening, protecting, and restoring it, as well as improving its appearance. For crowns in Bloomington, IN, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baker, your Bloomington family dentist, by calling her dental practice at (812) 332-2000.





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