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812-332-2000
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Lisa J. Baker, DDS
4217 E 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-2000
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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 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
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.