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
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.