Dear Patient and family members:

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

We are excited to resume semi-normal working days starting May 4, 2020.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations to insure your safety and that of our staff.

You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment or to reschedule your canceled appointment, please call our office 406-252-1078.  

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Ken Bagby and staff

All About Wisdom Teeth By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on April 14, 2017

Wisdom teeth come into the mouth between the age of 17 and 21 (usually—sometimes earlier or later). They are a third set of molars, which seems like a positive, however it’s common for the mouth to have grown in a way that doesn’t accommodate them. This leads to problems, especially problems cleaning the areas around the wisdom teeth. Oftentimes, wisdom teeth come into the mouth so tight to the back of the mouth or the molars next to them, that there is no space to get a toothbrush on it for cleaning, and it’s too tight to floss in the space between the molar next to it.

Wisdom teeth could also be impacted, which means that the teeth are trapped beneath the gums, and there isn’t enough room in the mouth for them to sprout. A few of the problems of wisdom teeth that have sprouted, but sprouted in a mouth without room for them, are bacteria build-ups from food debris (bacteria is the cause of gum disease—gingivitis and the more devastating periodontal disease) also, wisdom teeth that are crowding other teeth can cause damage to those other teeth. If wisdom teeth haven’t fully sprouted from the gums they could then allow bacteria down below the gum line, which, of course, could cause an infection.

Wisdom teeth can also present many other problems in the mouth such as the growth of cysts and tumors, could cause intense pain, damage neighboring teeth, and, as we’ve already talked about, be a vehicle for bacteria to enter the gum line, or to build up and cause gum disease.

Your dentist will be able to determine the best plan of action to monitor or remove wisdom teeth. Oftentimes, if someone is getting braces or other correctional devices, the wisdom teeth will be removed as a part of the corrective plan. As always, it’s important to keep up with a schedule of twice yearly checkups, however if a patient is undergoing changes in the mouth such as the sprouting of wisdom teeth, it may be important to visit the dentist more regularly.

If you or your child is sprouting wisdom teeth, call Dr. Kenneth Bagby today and schedule an appointment.

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