Today’s dental patients have a treatment of choice for tooth decay: cosmetic fillings. Colored to match healthy tooth structure, cosmetic fillings are placed by your family dentist in Bloomington, IN, Dr. Lisa Baker. Durable and realistic, these restorations help you forget you ever had cavities.

What is a dental cavity?

Also called dental caries, cavities are holes in your tooth enamel. Caused by acid-secreting bacteria in plaque and tartar on and between teeth, cavities worsen when untreated. In fact, as they progress, they can destroy interior pulp and even progress into the jaw bone. While preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among Americans ages 20 to 64, says the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

How your family dentist can help

In her Bloomington, IN, office, Dr. Baker uses a variety of filling materials to restore decayed teeth. For small to moderately-sized cavities, she usually chooses composite resin, a mix of plastic and glass powders. Composite resin is colored to match your tooth perfectly, and it is highly moldable, making it a perfect complement to your natural tooth structure.

After your dentist has removed the decayed portions of your tooth, she carefully layers the resin into the prepared site and hardens each layer with a blue light. Because of the resin’s chemical properties, your dentist removes far less healthy tooth structure than traditional restorations require. This makes your restored tooth more flexible and durable.

Other cosmetic filling materials

Besides composite resin, Dr. Baker offers glass ionomer and porcelain fillings. As with composite resin, these fillings are tooth-colored and unnoticeable.

Glass ionomer works well on the sides of teeth (the non-chewing surfaces) and on exposed roots.

Finally, porcelain fillings–onlays and inlays–fill large cavities on back teeth. They replace or lie between the cusps of the teeth and are bonded with permanent cement.

 

Dr. Lisa Baker and her team will help you have one for life. If you need a filling, please call her Bloomington, IN, office for an appointment:(812) 332-2000.

Self
Self
2023-10-18
Lisa Baker is an amazing dentist her and her staff are very professional caring warm amazing ppl best dentist here in town by far and they really care about there patients dental health!
Stacy Flynn
Stacy Flynn
2023-08-30
I love Lisa and all of her assistants. They're always helpful in explaining everything as well as providing tips and advice for better dental care. I will go here forever!
Nuit Weber
Nuit Weber
2023-08-16
The Office staffs are nice and friendly, fast and knowledgeable, and comfortable! The communications are great! They kept me informed every step of the way, I would not go anywhere else, I'm home!! Love my Baker Dentistry!! Thank you Doctor Lisa Baker, Erin, Audrey! And the whole Baker Family Dentistry!!! Nuit Weber
Mike Bristow
Mike Bristow
2023-08-08
Very friendly and professional staff. They have more than once worked hard to get me in for emergency treatment.
Christina Bittles
Christina Bittles
2023-08-02
Dr. Baker and staff have exceeded any expectation one could have for the care and compassion given to my son with special needs. We were blessed to find them. My son has been their patient since approximately 2008. We appreciate them greatly!
Janice Wampler
Janice Wampler
2023-08-02
Have been a patient for years and years. Best dental experience I have ever had.
LJ Hall
LJ Hall
2023-07-22
Courteous and professional staff. Collectively they do a good job. The building and office is always having updates and you can tell Dr. Lisa and the staff care about the professional environment. I like the text updates to keep me on track. I like that Dr. Lisa does cancer screening and full exam at every visit. I take my whole family.
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