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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.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

Tooth-colored fillingsIn the past, needing a filling to restore your tooth after a cavity meant having a discolored area of your tooth as the filling materials were made from metal. However, dentists now almost exclusively use tooth-colored fillings, which use composite resin materials to restore the tooth. But how do tooth-colored fillings work? How can they help your smile? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings 
The most obvious benefit of tooth-colored fillings is their color, which is customizable to fit perfectly into your smile. Your dentist will use the correct shade of filling material to create a seamless look. Tooth-colored fillings are made up of high-quality dental materials which will last many years with the proper care. Not worrying about discolorations in your smile can also boost confidence and give you the peace of mind you need to laugh and smile without second thoughts. Unlike the old silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings do not expand with temperature changes, making them safer for your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings also take less preparation, allowing them to save more of your natural tooth’s structure.

Do I need a filling? 
Fillings are the treatment for a cavity, which is an early stage of teeth decay. Bacteria builds up on the tooth to create a sticky substance called plaque, which hardens into tartar. The tartar then begins to eat through the tooth’s hard outer layer to form a cavity. During a filling procedure, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it in with the tooth-colored materials to restore its structure. If a cavity reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s soft tissues and nerves, a root canal becomes necessary to treat the infection.

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Bloomington, IN 
Tooth-colored fillings keep your smile looking great and functioning efficiently for years to come. For more information on tooth-colored fillings or other dental procedures which can benefit your smile, please contact Dr. Baker in Bloomington, IN. Call 812-332-2000 to schedule your appointment today!