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Dental implants, fixed bridges… what’s the difference, anyway?

January 11, 2016

hutchinson dental implantsIf you’re missing one or more teeth, you may not know that the gap in your smile can cause real oral health problems. Just one lost tooth can lead to bone loss, bite change and even more missing teeth later on. Fortunately, tooth replacement greatly helps to prevent these side effects. Hutchinson dental implants and fixed bridges are two leading options; continue reading to learn more about each today, from the team at Grant D. Ringler DDS!


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Smile & Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Again with Dental Implants in Hutchinson, KS

May 6, 2015

ThinkstockPhotos-Eating Apple ImplantsEvery year, millions of Americans are forced to deal with the immense drawbacks of tooth loss. Fortunately, today’s advanced dental technology makes it possible to enjoy a complete set of teeth and a strong, beautiful smile in a way that looks and feels completely natural: dental implants. At the Hutchinson, KS dental office of Dr. Grant D. Ringler, patients seeking long-term tooth replacement without conventional dentures are invited to explore the possibilities afforded by dental implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants

While traditional prosthetics like full and partial dentures do work for millions of edentulous Americans, the fact is that many men and women suffering from tooth loss desire a more secure and permanent solution. Dental implants effectively replace the entire structure of a missing tooth, including the root portion that lies beneath the gums and inside the jaw. Whereas removable prosthetics can slip, slide, click, and cause discomfort when eating, dental implants allow you to enjoy a full range of delicious foods without fear of embarrassment or pain.

Finally, you can feel free to bite into a crisp ear of corn on the cob or a juicy, crunchy apple. Chew dense meats like steak with ease and comfort. With dental implants, you are no longer bound by dietary restrictions commonly associated with traditional tooth replacement options. Because you care for dental implants and their restorations like you would your natural teeth (regular brushing and flossing), you can live a more comfortable and fulfilled daily life.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are missing one or more teeth and you are curious as to whether dental implants will work for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ringler and his team. We sincerely look forward to helping you reclaim your strong bite and your beautiful smile with our state-of-the-art technology and our years of experience in restorative dentistry. Conveniently located in Hutchinson, KS, the office of Dr. Grant D. Ringler proudly serves patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Winfield, Newton, Manhattan, El Dorado, Great Bend, and beyond.

Should You Get Dental Implants?

November 10, 2014

154250535Are you tired of not being able to enjoy the foods you love? If you have to limit your diet because of ill fitting dentures or worn down dental bridges, it may be time to consider dental implants. Dental implants are made of tiny titanium posts, surgically implanted in your jaw, and capped with dentures or dental crowns. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life if you have lost teeth due to decay or injury. Though you must meet certain qualifications to be a candidate for full dental implant surgery, Dr. Ringler also offers mini dental implants for patients who would not otherwise be eligible. To explore your dental implant options, make an appointment with the office of Dr. Grant Ringler today. Dr. Ringler and his team of cosmetic and restorative experts proudly restore smiles throughout Hutchison, KS, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Great Bend, El Dorado, and the surrounding communities.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Bone Loss Prevention– When you lose a tooth, the roots and bones connected to the jaw are lost too. This can cause your jaw bone to recede and your facial structure to shift. Dental implants replace these roots and bones, preventing the loss of bone in the jaw.
  • Convenience- Dental implants can be made with permanent crowns or removable dentures. Either way, they are secured firmly in the jaw and won’t shift or move when eating.
  • Comfort- Dental implants don’t require dental adhesives or daily removal for cleaning and maintenance. Also, they will never interfere with eating or chewing.
  • Improved AppearanceDental implants are the most natural looking and feeling tooth replacement method.

Dental Implants and Mini Dental Implants in Hutchinson, KS

Dental implants require a minimum amount of jaw bone and space to be implanted properly. Bone graft surgery or sinus lift surgery may need to be performed before your dental implant surgery. If this is not an option, you could choose to have mini dental implants placed instead. They are implanted just below the gum line, but don’t require the same bone density minimums as full dental implants. Dr. Ringler can make this determination in consultation. If you have decided that it’s time to get dental implants, make an appointment with the office of Dr. Grant Ringler today to get started. Dr. Ringler and his experienced team proudly serve patients throughout Hutchison, KS, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Great Bend, El Dorado, and nearby areas.

Overcome Your Fears with Sedation Dentistry

October 10, 2014

187986347A trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be a painful or anxiety-inducing experience. In fact, being able to finally take care of your oral health issues may give you new peace of mind. Dentists now have a variety of ways to make sure your visit is completely comfortable and pain-free. You can choose to see a dentist that offers Sedation Dentistry. Don’t put off needed dental care any longer. Make an appointment with the office of Dr. Grant Ringler today. Dr. Ringler and his caring associate dentists proudly serve patients throughout Hutchison, KS, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Great Bend, El Dorado, and the surrounding communities.

Sedation Dentistry Techniques

It’s important to understand that there is a difference between sedation and anesthesia. Sedation is a state of relaxation, while anesthesia is the blockage of any pain. Dentists use sedation in conjunction with localized anesthesia to make your dental care as pain-free as possible. Sedation techniques may include:

  • Conscious Oral Sedation– An oral sedative medication like diazepam is given 30 minutes to an hour before the appointment. You will be fully conscious and responsive but completely relaxed. A local anesthetic is administered as well.
  • IV Sedation– Just like the oral sedative, only administered intravenously.
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation-A small mask over the nose is used to administer “laughing gas” to induce a sedated state. A local anesthetic is administered as well.

Sedation Dentistry in Hutchinson, KS

Sedation Dentistry is a perfect solution for those who experience dental anxiety from sensitive teeth, difficulty achieving numbness, complex dental issues, fear of needles or dental instruments, limited time to complete dental work, past traumatic dental experiences or difficulty controlling movement and sitting still. The dentists at Grant Ringler are responsive to patient anxiety. Make an appointment with the office of Dr. Grant Ringler today to experience the difference with Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Ringler and his gentle and attentive associate dentists proudly serve patients throughout Hutchison, KS, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Great Bend, El Dorado, and the surrounding communities.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

August 8, 2014

480753457Not having a full or complete smile is not only detrimental to your oral health, but to the health of your body as well. Having teeth missing from your smile can be displeasing to the eye, and can have negative effects on your self-esteem. There are many people that consider a smile a first impression, and when you are not confident in your smile, it can cause a pessimistic self of self, and can affect the way you interact with the people around you. Thankfully, our Dr. Grant D. Ringler is able to give you the full smile of your dreams by offering dental implants to his patients.

There are many detrimental effects that can be caused by having teeth missing from your smile, including bone loss, TMJ, a change in your bite, gum disease, and the shifting of teeth to make up for the space. Our mouths are how we nourish ourselves, communicate with others, and our smiles are used to show friendliness to others. If your smile is compromised, all of these things can be at risk, and it is very important to get you back on track with your health.

If you are considering dental implants, it is important you have a consultation with Dr. Ringler first. There, he will be able to evaluate your smile in its current condition, and be able to ask you about your future goals regarding your smile. You will also have that opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns you may have, as we want you to be as comfortable and well-informed throughout your entire treatment process. If you are a candidate, a titanium post will be embedded into your jaw bone. This will ensure stability in your new tooth and will fuse with your bone over time. After the post, the tooth-resembling crown is added, completing your new look! Your new smile will look natural and be as functional as a natural smile! If you would like Dr. Ringler’s help in restoring your smile using dental implants, contact our office today!

If you are ready to set up an appointment with Dr. Grant Ringler or Dr. Jared Fox, contact our Hutchinson, KS dental office, and we will be glad to help. We are able to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, or restorative dental need you may have. We proudly serve the areas of Hutchinson, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Great Bend, El Dorado, and the surrounding areas.