Quality Preventive Dentistry in Hutchinson
Maintaining a complete, strong smile throughout the years doesn’t only benefit your oral health – it positively contributes to your overall wellbeing and quality of life as well. That’s why Dr. Grant Ringler, Dr. Melissa Barnhart, Dr. Justin Barnhart, and the rest of our team here in Hutchinson, KS place such a strong emphasis on preventive treatment. These services are designed to protect your teeth and gums and identify potential concerns at the earliest stages, saving patients from significant damage that could occur down the road without intervention. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation.
Check-ups & Cleanings
We strongly recommend that patients attend at least two evaluations and professional hygiene appointments with our team each year; more frequent visits may be recommended for patients who struggle with periodontal disease or are oversensitive to tooth decay. During this time, our doctors and staff members will review the overall health of your smile and draw attention to areas of damage or pain that need further care. Your in-depth cleaning will remove dangerous plaque, tartar, and mild stains as well.
Oral Cancer Screenings
On average, one person dies from oral cancer every hour. This sobering statistic comes from the fact that most cases of this dangerous disease aren’t identified until they’ve already caused significant damage, making recovery difficult and sometimes even impossible. That’s why Dr. Ringler and the rest of our team place such a big emphasis on routine oral cancer screenings. During your check-up, we will perform a visual examination and scan your mouth with the fluorescent technology of VELscope in order to identify areas that are potentially cancerous or pre-cancerous at the earliest stages of their development.
Fluoride is a helpful mineral that can be found throughout the earth’s crust and also in several foods and water supplies. In fact, research has shown that the presence of fluoride in a person’s drinking water can have very positive effects for their oral health, strengthening their growing teeth and reducing the threat of cavities. If our doctors determine through routine check-ups that you or your loved one is not receiving enough fluoride, we may recommend additional applications at our practice or the use of fluoridated toothpaste.
When you or a loved one is experiencing severe dental pain or a noticeable oral injury, it can be easy to succumb to panic. Instead, stay as calm as possible and pick up the phone right away to contact our Hutchinson practice for emergency care. Our doctors will do everything they can to see you as soon as possible, and in the interim, we can also provide first aid assistance over the phone for how to stabilize and improve your condition. Here are some of the situations that we would classify as emergencies:
- Cracked/fractured tooth
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Severe Toothache
- Object stuck between the teeth
- Injured/lost crown or filling
- Soft tissue injury
- Jaw injury
Depending on the severity of your case, we may recommend that you visit the nearest emergency room in your area for immediate attention.