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Bagley Family Dental
Greeley, CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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At Bagley Family Dental, we believe that the more you know about your dental health, the better qualified you are to make informed decisions about what treatment is right for your needs. Our team loves to answer questions, and we've compiled a list of the common ones we hear. However, if you don't find the answer you're looking for, please contact our dental office at (970) 353-5664 to talk with one of our knowledgeable team members.

General Dentistry

The answer is yes! X-rays are an integral tool that Dr. Bagley uses to diagnose problems like tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and other dental concerns.

At Bagley Family Dental, we use digital x-rays, which emit 90 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays. Digital x-rays are also readily available for you and your Greeley dentist to look at and discuss, which is extremely helpful in dental emergencies.

For most patients, we recommend one set of bitewing x-rays per year. These x-rays give Dr. Bagley a baseline for monitoring your dental health each year and make him aware of any concerns early on.

If you have dental insurance, your yearly x-rays will typically be covered as they are considered a preventive service. Being consistent with your preventive teeth cleanings, checkups, and yearly x-rays can help you avoid painful and costly problems. 

If you have pain or discomfort, Dr. Bagley may recommend an x-ray of a specific tooth to determine the best treatment course.

Is it time for your next dental appointment? Don't wait to schedule your routine teeth cleaning and checkup at Bagley Family Dental. Call our Greeley dental office today at (970) 353-5664 to schedule your next appointment.


At Bagley Family Dental, we take all of our x-rays digitally, which benefits our dentist and our patients.

Patients appreciate the fact that their x-rays are readily available for Dr. Bagley to see, and we can easily send them to other pertinent providers for review. Digital x-rays also emit much less radiation (about 90 percent) than standard film x-rays we used in the past, so they're very safe for adults and children.

For our Greeley dentist, digital x-rays provide a clearer image for a more straightforward diagnosis. He can show you your x-ray on the television monitor in our treatment room, making treatment recommendations simple.

Digital x-rays also leave less footprint on our environment since they require no harsh chemicals for development.

We typically recommend one set of bitewing x-rays each year to provide a baseline and help Dr. Bagley see things that may not be visible with the naked eye during your examination. Most insurance companies cover yearly x-rays as a preventive measure.

If it's time for your next preventive teeth cleaning and checkup in Greeley, CO, don't wait to call us at (970) 353-5664. Scheduling these appointments will help protect your smile and could save you from needing more extensive treatment in the future.


There is not a simple answer to this question. Dr. Bagley uses x-rays and state-of-the-art technology to diagnose dental concerns in their earliest stages. If you're proactive about completing your treatment, it will often save you time, money, and discomfort. In general, your dental treatment will never be less expensive or less painful than it is on the day Dr. Bagley discusses treatment options with you – it only becomes more expensive while the likelihood of dental pain increases.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide when to complete your recommended treatment. However, the longer you wait, the more complicated and expensive it can get.

For example, if your Greeley dentist detects tooth decay in its early stages, you can likely restore your tooth with a simple dental filling. If the decay goes untreated, it will progress and get worse, eventually moving into the root canal chamber inside your tooth, where it results in a tooth infection. At this stage, you would need root canal treatment to get rid of your infection and preserve your tooth. Additionally, you would need to restore your tooth with a dental crown to make it strong again — much more complicated treatment for a tooth that you could've initially treated with a dental filling. Allowing it to progress even further might require a tooth extraction, followed by a dental implant.

If time or cost is a concern for you, we're happy to work with you to help you economically and efficiently complete your treatment. We also work with companies like CareCredit to divide the cost of treatment into manageable monthly payments.

In most cases, you can expect to pay around $90 for nitrous oxide sedation in Greeley at Bagley Family Dental.

If fear or anxiety has kept you away from the dentist in the past, nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, could be an excellent solution so you can get the dentistry you need while helping you to feel at ease.

Nitrous oxide is administered when you wear a mask during your dental procedure. It acts right away to help "take the edge off" so you feel at ease. You're always conscious throughout the process, but you'll feel relaxed and comfortable. Once your treatment is completed and we remove the mask, the nitrous oxide will leave your system without any lingering side effects so you can get back to your normal activities.

Nitrous oxide is safe for both adults and children, and we can use it during almost any type of procedure.

Every six months, routine dental visits can help you avoid more significant dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. As opposed to avoiding the dentist until you're having problems or experiencing discomfort, using nitrous oxide during your dental appointments could save you money and time in the dental chair.

Contact your Greeley dentist at (970) 353-5664 for more information about nitrous oxide.

An excellent and consistent home care routine will protect your teeth from problems like cavities and gum disease. We recommend that you brush twice each day and floss once.

Proper brushing technique consists of a total of two minutes or 30 seconds per quadrant. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, being careful not to be too vigorous around the gumline. Don't forget to brush your tongue.

If you're having difficulties with your brushing technique, you might consider investing in an electric toothbrush to do the hard work of brushing for you. An electric toothbrush times your brushing session to ensure you're completing the full two minutes and even alerts you if you're pushing too hard or being too vigorous.

Flossing requires about 18 inches of floss so that you will have clean floss for each tooth. Move the floss up and down the side of each tooth in a c-shaped motion.

Brushing and flossing remove the plaque and bacteria that cause tooth decay from the surfaces of your teeth and in-between your teeth. And yes, you can actually get cavities in between your teeth.

If you have questions about brushing and flossing, or if it's time to schedule your next teeth cleaning and checkup in Greeley, CO, contact Bagley Family Dental today.

It is important to change your toothbrush every three to four months or when you begin to notice wear or discoloration of your toothbrush's bristles. Using a worn toothbrush can prove ineffective when you are trying to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth to protect against tooth decay.

Utilizing the proper brushing technique is also critical to protecting your dental health. Move your toothbrush in circles around the front and back of your teeth and close to the gum line, giving it a gentle massage. Spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant of your mouth for a total of two minutes of brushing in both the morning and at night.

If you're not sure that you're using proper brushing techniques, your dental hygienist at your Greeley dentist is a good resource for tips and tricks. You might also consider switching to an electric toothbrush, which does the work of brushing for you. An electric toothbrush also times you to ensure that you're spending the full two minutes brushing your teeth.

Dr. Bagley is happy to answer questions about your dental health and recommend any additional routines or products that might improve your home care when you visit us for your six-month examination. You can also give our Greeley, CO dental office a call for more information. 


For healthy patients, we recommend a preventive tooth cleaning and checkup every six months. Patients who are managing gum disease may need to visit their dentist in Greeley more often. Dr. Bagley may recommend three to four teeth cleanings per year to keep gum disease under control.

Many patients wonder why they need to visit the dentist if their teeth don't hurt or they're not experiencing any problems. The answer to this is that prevention is the key to excellent oral health. Many dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease start and progress with very little pain and no real symptoms. By the time you start to feel discomfort, significant damage has been done.

By visiting your dentist every six months for professional teeth cleanings and checkups, we can detect many dental concerns early on, before they become painful and require extensive repair.

For example, catching tooth decay early on might mean you can repair your tooth with a small filling instead of a dental crown designed to restore your entire tooth structure.

For patients with dental insurance, the good news is that your benefits typically cover most if not all of the cost of your preventive appointments. Protect your smile and schedule your next appointment with your dentist in Greeley, CO today.

It is important to regularly visit your Greeley dentist for teeth cleanings and checkups to protect your dental health.

Healthy patients should visit their dentist every six months for preventive care according to recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA). Patients managing gum disease will need to visit their hygienist more frequently for teeth cleanings to help keep their condition under control. Dr. Bagley may recommend three to four cleanings per year for patients with gum disease. 

Preventive dental checkups and teeth cleanings in Greeley are essential for protecting both your oral health and your overall health since science has shown us clear links between gum disease and non-dental related health concerns like:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • High blood pressure
  • Complications during pregnancy

In light of these findings, we know that it's never been more important for our patients to protect their health with routine preventive dental care.

Greeley dentist, Dr. Andrew Bagley, values relationships, and he spends time getting to know his patients so you can feel comfortable about getting the dental care you need. These are the relationships that our patients appreciate and rely on to protect their dental health.

Contact Bagley Family Dental today at (970) 353-5664 to schedule your next dental appointment. Even if it's been a while since you've been to the dentist, you'll appreciate our judgment-free environment.

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide, which is very safe for adults and children.

It is a mild form of sedation that allows you to feel calm and relaxed during dental procedures and can help eliminate the fear and anxiety that some patients experience in dentistry.

We use an inhalation mask to deliver the nitrous oxide during your procedure, and it works quickly to help you feel at ease. When you remove the cover after your procedure, the nitrous oxide quickly leaves your system, and then it's safe for you to drive home or back to work and continue your day.

Typically, there are also no side effects from nitrous oxide that linger once it leaves your body, making it an ideal sedation option for most types of dental procedures.

Avoiding the dentist until something hurts can result in creating a vicious cycle for yourself. Using nitrous oxide sedation in Greeley, CO to help "take the edge off" during a dental procedure could help you prevent more significant and expensive problems in the future.

Contact Bagley Family Dental today at (970) 353-5664 if you think you might benefit from using nitrous oxide during dental treatment.

Dental sealants are a thin, tooth-colored coating covering the chewing surface of your teeth to eliminate pits and grooves that can potentially trap the plaque and bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Your dentist in Greeley typically recommends dental sealants for children, who generally lack the dexterity to care for their teeth; however, tooth sealants could also benefit anybody who wants to get ahead of dental decay before it occurs. We've found that patients with sealants often have less tooth decay than those who don't have them.

Dental sealants are a non-invasive procedure, which we can usually complete in one visit to our dental office. Many insurance companies cover a portion of the cost of dental sealants for children, and we can often incorporate the procedure into their six-month cleaning and checkup for your convenience.

If you are an adult who is prone to tooth decay and cavities, it can be frustrating feeling like you need a filling or other dental work every time you visit the dentist. The good news is that dental sealants can help, and we encourage you to talk with Dr. Bagley to see if dental sealants might benefit you.

Would you like to learn more about dental sealants in Greeley, CO? Contact Bagley Family Dental today at (970) 353-5664 for more information.

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common sedation methods used by dentists, and it doesn't require any shots or needles. You'll breathe in a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide through an inhalation mask, and its effects take place in a couple of minutes.

Most patients report a feeling of floating and deep relaxation, and unlike with a general anesthetic, you won't be "asleep." You'll still be able to respond and communicate with Dr. Bagley throughout your procedure, and you'll feel completely comfortable and at ease.

When your procedure is over, and we remove the mask, the nitrous oxide effects subside in only a few minutes. You won't deal with side effects that take time to wear off, and it's completely safe for you to drive and return to your daily activities. Better yet, we can use nitrous oxide sedation with most dental procedures so you can feel comfortable and at ease getting the treatment you need for a healthy smile.

If you've avoided the dentist due to anxiety, we encourage you to contact our dental office to learn more about the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation in Greeley, CO. Call Bagley Family Dental today at (970) 353-5664 to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation.

Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen your teeth and rebuild any tooth structure that has been lost. You can access fluoride through toothpaste or in-office fluoride treatments that are easy to incorporate into your preventive teeth cleanings every six months.

Fluoride can often be found in your drinking water; however, it may not be enough to sufficiently protect your teeth. If this is the case, your Greeley, CO dentist is happy to recommend fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse that you can use at home to help protect your teeth from tooth decay and cavities.

Dr. Bagley often recommends fluoride treatments for children as it helps to build and protect developing teeth. When your child is old enough, we'll let you know if we think they may benefit from adding a fluoride treatment to their routine preventive teeth cleaning. This preventive service is often covered by dental insurance.

If you are an adult who is prone to tooth decay and cavities, you may also benefit from in-office fluoride treatments. Let Dr. Bagley know if you're interested in learning more about how fluoride could protect your smile.

Contact our Greeley dental office today at (970) 353-5664 for more information about fluoride or other preventive dental services we offer.

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