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 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Where can you find dental services for the entire family? Look to Lisa Baker DDS, a family dentist in Bloomington, IN. She is a gentle dentist offering a wide range of restorative, cosmetic and preventive treatments. Learn here how a relationship with this caring professional can help you and yours achieve your healthiest smiles ever.

Why choose a family dentist?

Dr. Baker and her team function just like a family themselves, devoted to helping each other deliver superior dental care to the Bloomington, IN, community. Not only is our care kind and high quality, but it is also comprehensive in scope.

What does that mean to you and your loved ones? It means Dr. Baker caters to children, teens and adults--in other words, everyone across the age spectrum, no matter their stage of development, individual need and cosmetic preference. She evaluates and treats each patient as an individual, delivering complete treatment plans for everyone's unique needs and preferences.

Dr. Baker focuses on long-term smile maintenance, including excellent oral function, health and smile appearance. Plus, whenever your family has an emergency, you'll receive a prompt and accurate response no matter when the need arises.

The services we offer

Your family dentist in Bloomington, IN, offers the following treatments:

  • Routine oral exams, professional cleanings and digital X-rays
  • Tooth-colored fillings, using the fast and comfortable SonicFill system
  • CEREC same-day porcelain crowns to support and remake compromised teeth
  • Teeth bleaching with the Sapphire whitening system
  • Composite resin bonding to repair small cosmetic flaws
  • Traditional porcelain veneers to camouflage larger defects
  • Bridgework and dentures, the conventional way to complete smiles
  • Dental implants, the lifelike way to replace missing teeth
  • Bone and soft tissue grating
  • Extractions, including wisdom teeth
  • Invisalign clear aligners, a discreet method of straightening smiles
  • Endodontic therapy (root canal treatments)
  • Gum disease therapy

Plus, being aware of busy personal schedules, Dr. Baker offers appointments Monday through Friday.

Keep that smile for life

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotions states that oral health is critical to overall well-being. Let Dr. Lisa Baker guide your family on the path to complete dental wellness. Call this family dentist in her Bloomington, IN, office for a personal consultation and treatment plan. Phone (812) 332-2000.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Bleaching  

These days, achieving that youthful-looking, white, and radiant smile is easy because of the various options available to you. In stores, you can find an array of whitening toothpastes, trays, strips, and mouthwashes. But there’s a huge difference between these over-the-counter or OTC teeth whitening products and professional teeth whitening that only a dentist can provide.

Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN, offers professional teeth bleaching solutions in our office and right in the comfort of your home abode. Find out below how you can benefit from professional teeth whitening.

Comfortable Bleaching Experience
With professional teeth whitening, whether at home or at the dentist's office, you’ll be provided with customized whitening trays that will fit your teeth snugly. This helps prevent the leakage of the bleaching product and avoid sensitivity and irritation. The trays that come with OTC whitening kits, on the other hand, are one-size-fits-all, which increases the risk of potential complications.

Thorough and Precise Whitening Effects
There are usually two types of issues going on when dealing with discolored and dull teeth: intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains are deeper stains, while extrinsic stains are surface stains that occur right in the teeth enamel. OTC whitening solutions are only capable of removing extrinsic stains, while professional teeth whitening is capable of eliminating both surface and deeper stains.

It’s crucial to point out, however, that some stains can’t be treated with professional whitening, such as stains that occur deeper inside the teeth. For these, your dentist may recommend crowns, bonding, or veneers.

Safe Bleaching Treatment
Besides sensitivity, OTC whitening products have been likewise known to result in damage and irritation to the oral tissues. Before proceeding with in-office teeth bleaching, however, your Bloomington, IN, dentist will perform a thorough inspection of your mouth.

This will help determine whether you need to undergo other treatments first to avoid worsening any underlying oral health problems. For instance, exposed tooth roots or failing dental fillings could cause significant issues when exposed to bleaching agents.

Faster Teeth Whitening Results
While OTC teeth whitening solutions show results, they’re usually not as radiant and could take up to many weeks or months to show significant whitening results. By contrast, professional teeth whitening can offer instant results and whitening effects that can range from subtly radiant to celebrity-white Hollywood smiles.

Speak to Us For More Questions or More Information About Professional Teeth Bleaching

Set a meeting with your Bloomington, IN, dentist Dr. Lisa Baker by calling (812) 332-2000.

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.





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