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Tips to Find the Right Family Dentist in Topeka

October 16, 2016

At Michel Dental, nothing is more important that your family’s comfort and oral health.  We want to help you choose a trusted family dentist in Topeka who will serve your needs best. Following  are suggestions for how to find a dental practice well suited to you and yours.

Here’s What Family Dentistry Is

A family dentist cares for all aspects of your oral health and emphasizes preventive services such as hygienic cleanings, digital X-rays and comprehensive oral exams. He or she also provides restorative care such as fillings and crowns, root canal therapy and modern tooth replacement options. The family dentist looks after the entire family from babies and toddlers to seniors, maintaining their teeth and gums through the challenges of each phase of life.

Family dentists deliver advanced preventive services as well such as fluoride treatments, plastic sealants and mouthguards for sports, TMJ and snoring. And, when pressing concerns arise, such as a throbbing toothache, the family dentist addresses those needs promptly and compassionately.

In addition, the family dentist provides a wide menu of cosmetic treatments. He or she offers state of the art orthodontics. The dentist formulates care plans which incorporate the patient’s cosmetic goals for brighter, straighter and more conventional looking teeth and gums.

Research Your Options

Don’t choose a family dentist haphazardly, but learn who practices in your area.  Look at dental websites for information on education, professional memberships, such as the American Dental Association, a list of services, his or her dental school and continuing education credentials. Consult online rating sites such as or Angie’s List for information on what actual patients say about their dentists.

In addition, you can, seek out a referral from a trusted coworker or relative. Ask how they feel about their dental care, particularly if they have used services your family needs. For example, is your neighbor happy with the orthodontic care his teen receives?

Tour the Office

How does the dental office operate? Your family deserves a dentist with an empathetic attitude,  who is available to answer concerns, and is open how he or she arrives at diagnoses and executes treatments.

Ask to tour the office and even interview your prospective family dentist. Is the office convenient to your home, child’s school or your workplace? Is the atmosphere welcoming and respectful? If you have young children, when does the dentist start seeing them? What are the sedation dentistry options for the fearful patient?

Additionally, what are the payment or financing options for more costly procedures? Many dentists offer in-house discount programs and financing plans, such as Care Credit. What dental insurances are accepted?

Explore the Menu of Dental Services

What else does the dentist offer besides basic care? Look for:

  • Gum disease therapy
  • TMJ therapy
  • Sleep apnea therapy
  • Crowns and bridgework
  • Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Composite resin fillings
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Composite resin bonding
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Traditional orthodontics or clear aligners, such as Invisalign
  • Emergency dentistry
  • Root canal therapy
  • Sports mouthguards

Is There a Family Dentist Near Me?

Look at all aspects of dental care in Topeka before selecting a family dentist. We invite you to look at Michel Dental. We think you’ll find us a great fit for all your family’s dental health needs.

Contact the office today to arrange a tour and to speak to our friendly staff!

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