5/1/20

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.

Sincerely,

Ken Bagby and staff

Root Canal

By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on June 22, 2017


A root canal is a common treatment, and a necessary treatment, used when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes infected. There are many different causes, including: a decay deep inside the tooth, the result of repeated dental procedures on a tooth, or damage done—chip, crack, etc.—to the tooth. The problem with this infected pulp is that if it’s allowed to persist, a patient will have intense pain and the infection could even lead to an abscess. The symptoms are: a sensitivity to hot or cold, possibly a tender soreness while chewing, or the tooth could even become discolored. However, sometimes a patient will feel no symptoms at all, which makes routine checkups at the dentist important. An infected tooth that does not receive treatment could be lost. A root canal will not only get rid of any symptom a patient may feel, but it will also save his or her smile.

What happens during a root canal?

Dr. Kenneth Bagby will scrap out that infected pulp within the tooth. He will then carefully clean the inside of the root canal, and then he will seal that space. He will then place a crown or other filling-type device to seal off the tooth, which will allow that tooth to function just like any other tooth. There is little to no discomfort involved during a root canal procedure. It may sound invasive, but remember it’s a localized procedure involving just one infected tooth.

What happens after the root canal?

After a root canal a patient can continue to eat and live just as they had before. And in fact, the repaired tooth will likely continue to be reliable, indefinitely. A patient will still need to brush their teeth at least twice daily, and to floss once—even a sealed tooth is susceptible to cavities and gum disease.

If you are experiencing any symptoms like the ones mentioned, or, if you just need to get in to see Dr. Bagby for your routine checkup, make sure to call today.

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