Dentist - Bloomington

4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

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.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
March 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

If you have looked into choosing the best dentist for you, you may have come across the term “family dentistry”. This important branch of family dentistrydentistry helps families with members of all ages keep their appointments, records and dental procedures organized and in the same place. Find out if a family dentist is the best choice for you with Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN.

What is a family dentist? 
Family dentists have the same training and education as other dentists, but accept patients in all age groups, from babies cutting their very first teeth to elderly individuals. Family dentists can also have continuing education in other branches of dentistry, such as restoration dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics. However, the family dentistry title simply means that they accept patients of all ages.

How can choosing a family dentist help me? 
Family dentists are an important asset in the world of dentistry. The ability to schedule all of your family’s dental appointments at the same practice helps cut down on extra trips to the dentist for parents and children, eliminating the need to take extra days off work or school. You can also schedule your and your children’s routine examinations and cleanings on the same day, arrive together and leave together. Additionally, your entire family’s dental records will be in one place, making tracking down files or x-rays for other medical professionals easier and less complicated.

Family Dentistry in Bloomington, IN
Routine dental appointments will keep your and your children’s smiles healthy and clean and help prevent instances of tooth decay and gum disease. Children and adults should see their dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings. This allows dentists to catch problems early in their most treatable stages. This benefits the tooth in the long run since, if left untreated, tooth decay and gum disease can result in tooth loss, which comes with its own array of side effects.

For more information on family dentistry, please contact Dr. Lisa Baker at her practice in Bloomington, IN. Call (812) 332-2000 to speak with a friendly associate about scheduling your or your family member’s appointment with Dr. Baker today!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Discover the magic behind these clear orthodontic aligners and whether they might be the best way to straighten your smile.

Besides the fact that misaligned and crooked teeth can be rather embarrassing they can also affect your oral health. Did you know that invisalignteeth that are crooked or misaligned can be more difficult to clean and are prone to decay and gum disease? Of course, if you are an adult you might be thinking, “What can I possibly do about it now?” With Invisalign, our Bloomington, IN family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, can get your smile back on track.

What dental problems do you want to fix?

Many people assume that Invisalign can only address small orthodontic issues, but you would be surprised how many moderate-to-severe problems Invisalign can actually treat. Invisalign is a great way to address gaps between teeth, crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. Of course, more advanced problems that require complex tooth movements or shifting jaws will require a more traditional orthodontic approach.

What is your age?

Most adults think they are too old for braces, but this simply isn’t true. Okay, let us rephrase this: most adults don’t want to wear braces when they get older. We understand, which is why these clear aligners can be such a great option. No one will notice these aligners and you can get a straighter smile. This treatment is perfect for older teens and adults, but children and younger teens aren’t the best candidates for Invisalign since their teeth are still growing.

Are you ready to get a straight smile?

While many people want to fix crooked teeth or finally close of those spaces between teeth there are some people who just can’t fathom going through the process of wearing braces. That’s okay; some people just aren’t right for braces. Of course, if you are ready to wear your aligners as often as you need to and you are ready to clean them and maintain, and visit our Bloomington dentist for routine checkups then Invisalign might be right for you. Invisalign easily fits in your lifestyle and makes it easy for even those with busy schedules to straighten their smiles on their time.

If it’s time you got Invisalign in Bloomington, IN, what are you waiting for? Call our dental office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker to see if Invisalign is the ideal option for you.





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