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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
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!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out if professional teeth whitening is the cosmetic treatment your smile needs.Whitening

Even though you love coffee you certainly don’t love the yellowing and stains that it causes your smile. We feel you! It’s never fun to notice that your once radiant smile is anything but. No matter whether you have a special occasion coming up or you just want to give yourself a little makeover, our Bloomington, IN, cosmetic dentist Dr. Lisa Baker is here to explain why professional teeth whitening might be the best approach for your smile.

Why choose in-office teeth whitening?

When you want a significantly whiter smile fast, our in-office whitening system is truly the best approach.

If you’ve ever tried an over-the-counter whitening product you may notice that not much happened after your first time using it. Perhaps you wore those awkward whitening trays and let that gel remain on your teeth for an hour each night and even after a few weeks you still didn’t see the results you wanted. If this has happened to you, you aren’t alone. Many people deal with this exact same issue. If you want really beautiful and visible results without having to whiten your smile yourself then you won’t find a more effective treatment option then turning to our Bloomington, IN, family dentist for whitening.

How does teeth whitening work?

Those stain molecules that formed under the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth were more than likely caused by the foods and drinks you’ve consumed. Smoking is also a major reason people deal with severe dental stains. Of course, there is such a high concentration of the whitening gel’s active ingredient that it actually breaks up these deep-set and stubborn stains in often just one whitening session (depending on the severity of your stains). Before we even begin, we will pull out a shade guide to show us what your smile looks like before treatment.

Next, we will clean the teeth before applying the whitening gel over the front of your teeth (a separator will be used to protect the gums and lips from coming in contact with the gel). The gel will sit on your teeth for up to 15 minutes before being removed and then reapplied. We will reapply the whitening gel 2-3 times during your one-hour whitening session. At the end of your treatment, we will pull out the shade chart one more time to show you just how much whiter we were able to get your smile. It’s that simple!

If you are interested in getting teeth whitening or any cosmetic dentistry treatment in Bloomington, IN, then it’s time to find out if you are the perfect candidate. Call us and schedule your consultation with Dr. Baker today.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign treatment from your dentist in Bloomington can give you a great smileinvisalign

Everyone can benefit from a straight smile. The truth is a straight smile just looks more attractive. A straight smile is also much easier to keep clean. If you have always wanted a straighter smile but have been held back by the thought of uncomfortable brackets and wires, it’s time to think differently about orthodontic treatment. You need to discover Invisalign!

Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN wants to share the facts about revolutionary Invisalign treatment and what it can do for your smile. Invisalign is the state-of-the-art way to straighten your smile discreetly.

Invisalign is completely different because it uses a system of comfortable clear plastic trays called aligners to straighten your smile gently and effectively. You will be given a set of aligners to wear for a two week period, and then you move on to another set. You progress to a different set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. That’s it!

Many people prefer Invisalign because Invisalign treatment is:

  • Quick; average treatment takes between 9 and 15 months, compared to years for brackets and wires
  • Comfortable; Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to poke into sensitive tissue
  • Virtually invisible; Invisalign aligners are clear and beautiful, so no one will notice them
  • Easy maintenance; you can remove the aligners to brush and floss, and to eat the foods you love

Invisalign aligners may look completely different than brackets and wires, but they are strong enough to correct the same troublesome alignment issues including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and gaps or overlapping teeth.

For more detailed information about this revolutionary way to achieve a straight smile, please visit the Invisalign page on Dr. Baker’s website at

It’s time to discover how to straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. To get started on your new straight smile call Dr. Baker in Bloomington, IN today!

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.