Dive into dentistry.

The information you need to support your decision making.

What is Dr. Bagby’s dental philosophy?

Prevention first, treatment second. Our goal is for you to understand and manage your risk factors so you enjoy long-term dental health with minimal time and money spent at the dentist’s office. When treatment is necessary we offer expert care, specializing in advanced restorative dentistry and treatment of TMJ disorder.

What’s your approach to working with patients?

We see our relationship with our patients as a partnership founded on open communication and honest discussion. Our highly experienced team provides personalized care tailored to your goals. Our only interest is your best interest. We see ourselves as a guide to help you make the best decisions for your own dental health.

How do you support a patient with dental anxiety?

Many patients feel anxious about dental treatment. We get it. We want you to have exceptional care in a calming environment. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation to help you relax during treatment. You also have access to “The Dental Button,” which stops treatment if you press it.

How will you minimize my discomfort during a checkup and cleaning?

We use the latest technology to provide the gentlest care possible during all stages of treatment. Enjoy a complimentary beverage before your appointment and take advantage of satellite TV and warm blankets in your treatment room. Our friendly staff are happy to answer your questions at any time and will help make your dental visit relaxing and enjoyable.

How often should I get an exam and cleaning?

For most people, we recommend you come in every 6 months. We may suggest that a patient get a checkup more often if they are at higher risk for tooth decay or gum disease.

What can I expect during a regular checkup?

At the beginning you’ll update your health history, and we’ll take any recommended x-rays so the doctor gets the inside scoop on your oral health. One of our experienced dental hygienists will gently and thoroughly clean your teeth and discuss your at-home oral healthcare routine.

The dentist will review the x-rays, examine your teeth and mouth, and discuss with you any recommended treatment. We’ll leave ample time for you to ask questions so you can make informed choices and feel confident in our care.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Today’s digital x-rays emit extremely low radiation, less than an average daily dose of radiation from everyday life. Still, we use a lead apron to protect organs that are most sensitive to radiation. While the risk is nominal, the benefits are substantial. Dentists can look inside a tooth to detect decay, bone loss, cancer, and more. Early detection translates to minimally invasive and cost-effective treatment. 

I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time. What should I do?

Don’t worry. You’re not the only one. It’s never too late to get back to the dentist for a thorough evaluation. Give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’ll take all the time you need to discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and create a dental health plan that you feel good about.

What is Dr. Bagby’s number-one tip for lifelong dental health?

A consistent and thorough at-home dental hygiene routine. Patients who are diligent with proper brushing, flossing, and other hygiene habits need the dental office less. Your at-home hygiene combined with our long-term planning and expert care save you money and time, setting you up for long-term dental health.

Get in Touch!

(406) 252-1078

1540 Lake Elmo Dr STE 3, Billings, MT 59105

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