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September 30, 2016

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Topeka Patients Shouldn’t Ignore

woman sleeping soundly thanks to sleep apnea treatment from her Topeka dentistSleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep, is a common sleep disorder, but studies have revealed that many patients’ sleep apnea goes undiagnosed due to the lack of understanding of this disease and how it effects patients’ lives. As part of our ongoing dedication to helping patients achieve and maintain their optimal level of oral and overall health, we provide comfortable and effective oral appliance therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. However, we can’t help patients unless they know they have sleep apnea. Read this blog to find out some of the most common risk factors and warning signs of sleep apnea, and contact our office if you experience any combination of these symptoms. We review your case, and we partner with a local sleep physician to coordinate diagnosis and treatment.
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October 21, 2015

Silver Lake dentist, Michael E. Michel DDS PA, finds the causes of and solutions to bad breath

woman covering mouth because of bad breath needs to visit the silver lake dentistBad breath. To some, it’s a joke. To others, it’s an embarrassment or a health problem. Michael E. Michel DDS uncovers the causes of halitosis and delivers solutions.
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September 11, 2015

It’s Important For Expectant Mothers To See Us While They’re Pregnant

Receive dental treatment while pregnant.Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you didn’t know already, having a child is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. When you bring a tiny human into this world, your world changes forever. You’re now a parent, and it’s a heavy load of responsibility that you have to carry for the rest of their lives. In order to keep your baby healthy, it’s essential that you come in for a regular dental checkup as you would normally. This gives our dental team a chance to thoroughly inspect your mouth for any problems and clean up anything we see that could be problematic down the road.

We’re calling on all moms-to-be to come in for a dental appointment. Our Silver Lake, KS office wants you to know that even though you’re pregnant, you still need to come in for a regular appointment. There are many changes that occur in your body when you’re carrying a child and some can become detrimental for your oral health. It’s imperative that you’re in great oral and overall health before giving birth. Silver Lake dentist, Dr. Michel, provides excellent dental services for each of our patients and he can treat you, too. Our dental team will provide the gentlest of care.
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September 8, 2015

Tobacco Use Can Leave Your Oral Health Suffering

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Kick the tobacco habit and start enjoying fantastic oral health.Tobacco and your oral health are mortal enemies. It doesn’t matter whether you smoke cigarettes, “dip” or use some other form of smokeless tobacco, it’s just plain bad for your health. Your oral health and overall health are closely linked, so if tobacco use can cause all sorts of overall health issues, you better believe your oral health is in trouble as well. There are many benefits to kicking the smoking or tobacco habit, and it all starts with your oral health.

At our office in Topeka, KS, we want you to have the best oral health possible, and part of maintaining a healthy mouth is by practicing great dental hygiene habits and staying away from those that might pose a significant threat. Tobacco is one of those threats and if use continues, it can leave your oral health in bad shape. You don’t want to deal with any oral issues relating to smoking, so it’s best you start thinking about quitting. Dr. Michel is the Topeka and Silver Lake dentist that residents can trust.
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August 20, 2015

Your Kids Could Benefit Greatly From Practicing Good Dental Habits – See Silver Lake Family Dentist, Dr. Michel

Keep your kids' oral health in prime shape.It’s really easy to take care of your teeth. Like, almost too easy. You know the drill: when a dental problem occurs you call our office in Silver Lake, KS and ask to see Dr. Michel. Then, if there is treatment or a procedure that needs to be performed, you schedule a time to get it done. That’s it. End of story. We think we do a great job at keeping people’s smile as healthy as possible. There’s only so much we can do on our end, though. We typically see problems as they are developing or after signs have been noticed, not before. We can pinpoint possible problematic areas for sure, but keeping problems from becoming bigger ones is all up to you.

Think about your kids for a second. They receive excellent dental care at our office but are they practicing good dental hygiene at home? If you’re not sure, we suggest sitting in on one of their morning routines and take note of what they are and aren’t doing correctly. There’s a lot you can learn about how your kids approach their oral health. If they could use a few pointers and some assistance, put on your cape and turn into Super Mom or Super Dad.
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August 19, 2015

Oral Health and Overall Health Are Always Linked

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Keeping your oral health in tip-top shape is important.Your entire body is linked together in a very complex way. Any problems that one area of the body experiences can be felt in an entirely different place. Don’t believe us? Think about how you feel the next time the flu hits. It isn’t just your stomach that hurts, it’s the combination of headaches and body aches that brings you to your knees. It’s all a perfect example of how much your body relies on its other parts to survive.

Let’s switch gears and discuss why oral health is so important. Disease and other infections can plague your mouth. They can damage your smile so much that teeth may end up going missing or will need to be extracted in order to save your entire oral health. Infections don’t mess around and can become fatal if not properly treated. At Michel Dental in Silver Lake, KS, we always want patients to know how important it is to keep their oral health in optimal shape. It isn’t just a toothache you have to worry about because it could be much, much worse. Let Dr. Michael Michel be the Silver Lake dentist you can trust.
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July 28, 2015

Heed These Toothbrush Tips to Keep Your Teeth Looking and Feeling Great

200488022-001The way you brush your teeth is important. Think of all the bacteria and other “stuff” that is living on your teeth after you’ve had a meal. Throughout your life, you’ve most likely had the following drilled into your brain if not by a dentist, then by your parents: “Make sure you brush and floss twice a day. Right after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed, I better see those teeth sparkling clean.” We hope we didn’t bring up any bad flashbacks. The truth is, yes, brushing and flossing twice a day is very important and helps keep your dental health in check. But, have you ever paid attention to how you’re brushing your teeth? Subtle changes in your regimen can pay huge dividends down the road. Silver lake dentist, Dr. Michael Michel, wants you to brush the right time, the first time. Have you been to our Topeka, KS office lately? If you could use a refresher on brushing techniques, you’ve come to the right place.

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July 6, 2015

Your Topeka Painless Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-166637318Many people assume that dentistry has to be painful. Dental care is often portrayed negatively focusing on drills, and old fashioned tooth extraction. Patients who look terrified laying on uncomfortable chairs, so it’s no surprise how many millions of Americans report experiencing some level of dental anxiety. At Michel Dental, we don’t think visiting the dentist should hurt. Dr. Michael E. Michel and his skilled team will alleviate your dental pain without causing you more discomfort. Numerous dental health care issues have severely painful effects when left untreated. Preventive care and TMJ, endodontic therapy, and periodontic treatment from Dr. Michel, ensure you’ll have a lifetime of painless smiles. Call Michel Dental in Topeka, KS to schedule an appointment with painless dentist.

TMJ Dentist, Topeka

One of the most painful oral health care concerns a patient can experience is temporomandibular joint dysfunction often called TMJ or TMD. TMD may start as clicking or grinding in the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connect your jawbone – mandible to the rest of your skull), but TMD can lead to extreme pain when opening or closing your mouth, inability to open the mouth wide enough to eat or drink, headaches, neck pain, earaches, and even deafness in extreme cases. Dr. Michel has advanced studies in TMJ dysfunction and treatment through Bio Research prepared him to offer patients non-surgical answers to relieving their TMJ pain.

Endodontics Root Canal Therapy to Relieve Pain

Endodontics is the study and care of the inner tooth (pulp and nerves). Dr. Michel’s years of experience in endodontics make him an ideal choice to relieve pain related to infection of the inner tooth structures. You likely think root canal therapy has to hurt. Root canals have always been the stuff of dentistry nightmares, but innovative care from Dr. Michel will help relieve your pain not cause you more. Most of the pain associated with root canals is caused when the nerve housed inside the root canal is exposed to infection making the tooth extremely sensitive and causing pain. Root Canal Therapy removes the infection, but preserves as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.

Periodontics Gum Disease Therapy

More than 50% of Americans suffer from some level of periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease can make eating, drinking, brushing your teeth, and other daily activities painful. More importantly, infection in the gums can spread through the body leading to fever and nausea, gum tissue or bone loss as well as increasing risk of heart disease, blood clot, and stroke. Periodontal therapy from Michel Dental will help you return to a healthy, pain free smile. By eliminating the infection and discovering the cause of the infection, Dr. Michel doesn’t just treat your gums. He helps you maintain periodontal health going forward.

Contact us for Painless Dentistry, Silver Lake

If you experience tooth pain or discomfort, Dr. Michel can help you reduce pain and improve your overall oral health. Dentistry doesn’t have to hurt, and at Michel Dental, we’ll help you look and feel great. Call us for an appointment today. Our Topeka, KS practice welcomes patients from surrounding communities including Silver Lake, Emporia, Lawrence and Manhattan.

 

June 6, 2015

Silver Lake Family Dentist – Michael E. Michel

ThinkstockPhotos-170082888It’s never easy choosing a new physician or finding one who can treat the whole family, but Dr. Michael E. Michel opened his Topeka, KS family dentistry practice more than 30 years ago. His years of experience, education, and continual dedication to serving his patients of all ages make Michel Dental a great option for the oral health of the whole family from pediatric to geriatric. Whatever your dental health care needs, Dr. Michel treats the whole family in one of two convenient locations. Call to schedule an appointment with our Silver Lake or Topeka, KS offices today.
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May 25, 2015

Outstanding smiles start with the best Silver Lake cosmetic dentist at Michel Dental.

78294804Teeth whitening, white crowns, and porcelain veneers are just part of cosmetic dental services at Michel Dental, the quality cosmetic dentist in Silver Lake, KS. Dr. Michael E. Michel creates outstanding, healthy and lasting smiles for patients of all ages.

You’ve taken great care of your teeth and gums. Exams, cleanings, preventing big problems by addressing small ones–you are on top of your dental health. Still, though, you aren’t satisfied with how your smile looks, and frankly, your self-image is suffering.

It’s time to consult Silver Lake cosmetic dentist, Michael E. Michel DDS. Wonderfully well-versed and skilled in general and restorative dentistry, Dr. Michel and his staff also offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry to individuals in the Silver Lake and Topeka area. They understand that a lasting smile needs to be an attractive smile. It’s an important part of your whole-mouth health and well-being.

Cosmetic dentistry in Silver Lakes gives you several aesthetic options.

When your mouth is healthy, free of cavities, gum disease and extensive restorations, your Silver Lake cosmetic dentist can present you with many ways to create the smile of your dreams. Dr. Michel will do a complete exam and some imaging before presenting you with the smile makeover plan that’s right for your whole-mouth health, well-being and budget.

For instance, if your teeth have a stained, yellowed appearance, professional Silver Lake teeth whitening can brighten your smile by several shades. Whether with custom-fitted, gel-filled trays at home or with in-office concentrated hydrogen peroxide, teeth whitening transforms smiles changed by:

  • aging
  • smoking
  • acidic foods
  • densely colored beverages such as black tea, cola and coffee
  • some medications
  • root canal therapy

Inoffice whitening protects gums and other soft tissues from sensitivity and takes only about an hour. Patients go home with a touch-up kit for results that last 1 to 2 years.

Porcelain veneers are a frequent stand-alone cosmetic treatment or may be added to teeth whitening. Veneers or dental laminates are thin, but durable, shells of translucent porcelain. Individually crafted according to dental impressions, veneers cover the front side of teeth that have:

  • chips or fractures
  • stains
  • gaps, crowding or misalignment problems
  • odd shapes or sizes

Dr. Michel prepares the tooth surface by removing a half-millimeter of enamel. When the veneers are ready, he glues them to the teeth, adjusting bite and shape. He may use cosmetic bonding with composite resin to achieve a final, smooth and complete look that lasts with good hygiene.

Other cosmetic-restorative services are available.

Combining aesthetic and restoration are Michel Dental services such as Invisalign® clear braces for a variety of orthodontic issues in older teens and adults who want a straight smile without obvious brackets and wires. Tooth-colored fillings and white crowns restore teeth compromised by injury or decay for a just-like-new appearance. Fixed bridgework fills in gaps left by missing teeth, improving facial structure, speaking and eating.

Find out more about cosmetic dentistry in Silver Lake.

Contact Michael E. Michel DDS PA and his staff for more information on how modern cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile beautifully. Call (785) 273-7350. We serve adults and children in Silver Lake and  Topeka, KS, as well as from the surrounding areas of Emporia, Lawrence and Manhattan.

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