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Frequently Asked Questions

We have found over the years many of our patients ask similar questions. In an effort to help you make better informed decisions, our doctors have compiled their answers to some of our more frequently inquiries below. Some are answered in the form of videos, while others are text. If you have a specific question not outlined on this page, please do not hesitate to contact our practice today.

Why should I go to the dentist regularly?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Barnhart!

What causes bad breath?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Ringler!

Why does the dentist take x-rays?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Barnhart!

What is fluoride and why is it important for dental health?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Barnhart!

Why don't my teeth look like they did when I was younger?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Ringler!

Does pregnancy affect my teeth?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Barnhart!

I have dentures, should I see the dentist regularly?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Barnhart!

 

I have a toothache, what do I do next?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Ringler!

Do you see children?

Yes! Our team is proud to treat all of the members of your family here in one convenient location, and our personalized approach is designed to grow with your child from infancy through adolescence and beyond. Pediatric-minded services like fluoride treatment and dental sealants are available for your loved ones, as well as our wide variety of preventive and restorative treatment options.

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

Watch our video below to learn more from Dr. Barnhart!

What are my options for restoring lost teeth at your practice?

Today, dental implants have become the most effective and reliable method for recreating lost tooth structure, allowing patients to regain both their oral health and their confident, strong smile. Dental bridges, dentures, and implant-retained prosthetics are also available at our Hutchinson, KS practice for patients in need of alternative options. The important thing is to remember is that no one treatment option is the perfect fit for every single person who walks through our office door. That’s why Dr. Grant Ringler and his associates will sit down with you beforehand to learn about your needs and provide personalized recommendations.

I want to straighten my smile, but I don’t want to wear noticeable metal braces. Are there any other options?

Dr. Ringler is happy to offer Six Month Smiles as a faster and more aesthetically pleasing treatment for patients in need of orthodontic correction. Instead of the traditional silver color, Six Month Smiles utilizes clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that blend in better with your natural smile. Better yet, treatment is usually complete in just six months. Contact our practice today to learn more!

How do I know which cosmetic treatment option is right for me?

Our office can provide patients looking to improve their appearance with a complimentary smile analysis. This consultation is designed to help our team form a comprehensive understanding of your cosmetic goals and any oral damage that needs attention. Once this is complete, we work closely with patients to formulate the ideal smile makeover plan that fits their level of time commitment and budget. Yours may include teeth whitening, metal-free restorations, Six Month Smiles, or other cosmetic dentistry services.

Dental treatment makes me nervous. Can you help me?

We certainly can. Here in Hutchinson, our team works hard to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere for patients – however, we also understand that sometimes, a little additional help is needed in achieving true relaxation during dental care. That’s why we offer calming sedation methods like nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesiology that can help patients feel genuinely comfortable and at ease. During an initial consultation, our doctors can help you determine which option is right for your situation.

Do you take my insurance?

Our practice is an in-network provide for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Delta Dental, and Aetna. We are also happy to file paperwork on your behalf for additional PPO plans. Please visit our new patients page to learn more about this process.

What are my options if I don’t have insurance?

Dr. Ringler also accepts financing through CareCredit and Lending Club. These companies allow patients to pursue needed dental care right away and split up the cost into affordable, predictable monthly payments that can easily fit into your budget. Visit our new patients page to sign up today!